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Della Reese

Della began singing in her hometown of Detroit when she was 6 years old. As a teenager, she toured with gospel great Mahalia Jackson and, at the age of 18, she formed the Meditation Singers and became the first performer to take gospel music to the casinos of Las Vegas. She was a vocalist with the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra and began making her own... See full bio »

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 2014 Signed, Sealed, Delivered (TV Series)
Cora Brandt
- The Masterpiece (2014) ... Cora Brandt
- Soulmates (2014) ... Cora Brandt
 2013 Miracle at Gate 213 (TV Movie)
Alma Peddington
 2013 Dear Secret Santa (TV Movie)
 2012 Me Again
 2012 Meant to Be
 2012 Christmas Angel (TV Movie)
Elsie Waybright
 2011 Hallelujah (TV Movie)
Dulcie Prejean
 2010 Detroit 1-8-7 (TV Series)
Lorraine Henderson
- Shelter (2010) ... Lorraine Henderson
 2010 Expecting Mary
Doris Dorkus
 2009 The Young and the Restless (TV Series)
Aunt Virginia
- Episode #1.9148 (2009) ... Aunt Virginia (as Rev. Dr. Della Reese Lett)
- Episode #1.9147 (2009) ... Aunt Virginia (as Rev. Dr. Della Reese Lett)
 2006 That's So Raven (TV Series)
Miss Rhonnie Wilcox
- The Four Aces (2006) ... Miss Rhonnie Wilcox
 2000 The Moving of Sophia Myles (TV Movie)
Sophia Myles
 2000 Dinosaur
Eema (voice)
 1999 Anya's Bell (TV Movie)
Anya Herpick
 1999 The Secret Path (TV Movie)
 1998 Mama Flora's Family (TV Movie)
Nana Fleming
 1998 Emma's Wish (TV Movie)
Mona Washburn
 1997 Miracle in the Woods (TV Movie)
Lilly Cooper
 1993 Picket Fences (TV Series)
Naomi Grand
- The Lullaby League (1993) ... Naomi Grand
 1993 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Lucille Lake
- Vindaloo in the Villows (1993) ... Lucille Lake
 1993 Designing Women (TV Series)
Mrs. Toussant
- Wedding Redux (1993) ... Mrs. Toussant
 1992 You Must Remember This (TV Movie)
Ella DuChamps (voice)
 1992 The Distinguished Gentleman
Elevator Operator (uncredited)
 1992 Dream On (TV Series)
- No Deposit, No Return (1992) ... Receptionist
 1990-1991 MacGyver (TV Series)
Mama Colton
- The Coltons (1991) ... Mama Colton
- Squeeze Play (1990) ... Mama Colton
 1991 Married People (TV Series)
- Dance Ten, Friends Zero (1991) ... Annette
 1990 The Kid Who Loved Christmas (TV Movie)
Alicia Slater
 1990 The Young Riders (TV Series)
Stagecoach Sally
- Born to Hang (1990) ... Stagecoach Sally
 1987-1990 227 (TV Series)
Grace / Rita, Sandra's Mother
- Where Do We Go from Here? (1990) ... Grace
- Far from the Tree (1987) ... Rita, Sandra's Mother
 1989 Harlem Nights
 1989 Night Court (TV Series)
Aunt Ruth
- Auntie Maim (1989) ... Aunt Ruth
 1988 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (TV Series)
Additional Voices (voice)
 1986 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Aunt Faith
- The Gift of Amazing Grace (1986) ... Aunt Faith
 1986 Charlie & Co. (TV Series)
Aunt Rachel
- Don't Take My Son... Please (1986) ... Aunt Rachel
- When You Least Expect It (1986) ... Aunt Rachel
- Rachel and the Stranger (1986) ... Aunt Rachel
- Here's Rachel (1986) ... Aunt Rachel
 1985-1986 Crazy Like a Fox (TV Series)
Nurse Flood
- A Fox at the Races (1986) ... Nurse Flood
- Is There a Fox in the House? (1985) ... Nurse Flood
- Fox Hunt (1985)
 1982-1983 It Takes Two (TV Series)
Judge Caroline Phillips
- Instinct (1983) ... Judge Caroline Phillips
- Rhythm Blues (1983) ... Judge Caroline Phillips
- Looks Bad, Feels Good (1983) ... Judge Caroline Phillips
- An Affair to Remember (1982) ... Judge Caroline Phillips
- Promises in the Dark (1982) ... Judge Caroline Phillips
 1980 Insight (TV Series)
Judge Roberta Lynn
- God in the Dock (1980) ... Judge Roberta Lynn
 1979 Welcome Back, Kotter (TV Series)
Mrs. Tremaine
- The Gang Show (1979) ... Mrs. Tremaine
- Come Back, Little Arnold (1979) ... Mrs. Tremaine
 1975-1978 Chico and the Man (TV Series)
Della Rogers / The Judge
- The Hot Rock (1978) ... Della Rogers
- Della and Son (1978) ... Della Rogers
- Ed's Team (1977) ... Della Rogers
- Ed the Hero (1977) ... Della Rogers
- Charo Takes Over (1977) ... Della Rogers
 1976 Nightmare in Badham County (TV Movie)
 1976 Flo's Place (TV Movie)
 1976 Medical Center (TV Series)
Capt. Sykes
- Major Annie, MD (1976) ... Capt. Sykes
 1974-1976 McCloud (TV Series)
Police Sgt. Gladys Harris / Sgt. Gladys Harris
- The Day New York Turned Blue (1976) ... Police Sgt. Gladys Harris
- This Must Be the Alamo (1974) ... Sgt. Gladys Harris
 1975 Psychic Killer
Mrs. Gibson
 1975 The Rookies (TV Series)
- Ladies Day (1975) ... Landers
 1975 Cop on the Beat (TV Movie)
 1975 Joe Forrester (TV Series)
- The Return of Joe Forrester (1975) ... Claudine
 1975 Police Story (TV Series)
 1975 Petrocelli (TV Series)
Angela Damon
- Once Upon a Victim (1975) ... Angela Damon
 1974 Police Woman (TV Series)
Tina Thompson
- Requiem for Bored Wives (1974) ... Tina Thompson
 1974 Twice in a Lifetime (TV Movie)
 1973 Daddy's Girl (TV Movie)
 1973 Voyage of the Yes (TV Movie)
Opal Parker
 1971 A City of the King (TV Movie)
Innkeeper's wife
 1971 Getting Together (TV Series)
 1970 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)
Grace Dayton
- Killer on the Loose (1970) ... Grace Dayton
 1968 Mod Squad (TV Series)
- Find Tara Chapman! (1968) ... Paula
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Della Reese Lett | Rev. Dr. Della Reese Lett


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[on her popularity while playing the 60-something "Tess" on Touched by an Angel (1994)]: But I know we need a show like this in our lives because people want to hear that God loves them. I believe she [co-star Roma Downey] and I were together in some other life, but if I say that, people look at me strange. See more »


She was the youngest (age 22) performer to have the highest singing voice of anyone in jazz music, next to Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan. See more »


The role of Tess on _"Touched By An Angel" (1994)_. See more »

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