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Della Reese (1931–2017)


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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Touched by an Angel
(1994-2003)
Dinosaur
Dinosaur Eema
(2000)
Harlem Nights
(1989)

Filmography

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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)
Linda
 2012 Me Again
Muriel
 2012 Meant to Be
Mave
 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 A Very Mary Christmas
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
 2005 Beauty Shop
Mrs. Towner
 1994-2003 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Tess
- I Will Walk with You: Part 2 (2003) ... Tess
- I Will Walk with You: Part 1 (2003) ... Tess
- At the End of the Aisle (2003) ... Tess
- The Show Must Not Go On (2003) ... Tess
- Virtual Reality (2003) ... Tess
 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)
Honey
 1998 Mama Flora's Family (TV Mini-Series)
Nana Fleming
 1998 Emma's Wish (TV Movie)
Mona Washburn
 1996-1998 Promised Land (TV Series)
Tess
- Saving Grace: Part 2 (1998) ... Tess
- The Road Home: Part 2 (1997) ... Tess
- Amazing Grace: Part 2 (1997) ... Tess
- Mirror Image (1997) ... Tess
- The Homecoming: Part 2 (1996) ... Tess
 1997 Miracle in the Woods (TV Movie)
Lilly Cooper
 1997 A Match Made in Heaven (TV Movie)
Katie Beale
 1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
The Blues Fairy
- Pinocchio (1997) ... The Blues Fairy (voice)
 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
 1991-1992 The Royal Family (TV Series)
Victoria Royal
- The Big Stink (1992) ... Victoria Royal
- Cocoa in Charge (1992) ... Victoria Royal
- Mo' Money (1992) ... Victoria Royal
- The Frame Game (1992) ... Victoria Royal
- Hello, I Must Be Going (1992) ... Victoria Royal
 1992 You Must Remember This (TV Movie)
Ella DuChamps (voice)
 1992 The Distinguished Gentleman
Elevator Operator (uncredited)
 1992 Dream On (TV Series)
Receptionist
- 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)
Annette
- 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 Clark
- Where Do We Go from Here? (1990) ... Grace
- Far from the Tree (1987) ... Rita Clark
 1989 Harlem Nights
Vera
 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 / Mrs. Flood
- A Fox at the Races (1986) ... Nurse Flood
- Is There a Fox in the House? (1985) ... Nurse Flood
- Fox Hunt (1985) ... Mrs. Flood
 1985 The A-Team (TV Series)
Mrs. Baracus
- Lease with an Option to Die (1985) ... Mrs. Baracus
 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
- The Choice (1983) ... Judge Caroline Phillips
- An Affair to Remember (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. Jean Tremaine
- The Gang Show (1979) ... Mrs. Jean Tremaine
- Come Back, Little Arnold (1979) ... Mrs. Jean 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)
Sarah
 1976 Flo's Place (TV Movie)
Flo
 1976 Medical Center (TV Series)
Capt. Sykes
- Major Annie, MD (1976) ... Capt. Sykes
 1974-1976 McCloud (TV Series)
Sgt. Gladys Harris
- The Day New York Turned Blue (1976) ... Sgt. Gladys Harris
- This Must Be the Alamo (1974) ... Sgt. Gladys Harris
 1975 Psychic Killer
Mrs. Gibson
 1975 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Della Reese
- Della, Della, Della (1975) ... Della Reese
 1975 The Rookies (TV Series)
Landers
- Ladies Day (1975) ... Landers
 1975 Cop on the Beat (TV Movie)
Claudine
 1975 Joe Forrester (TV Series)
Claudine
- The Return of Joe Forrester (1975) ... Claudine
 1975 Police Story (TV Series)
Claudine
- The Return of Joe Forrester (1975) ... Claudine
 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)
Flo
 1973 Daddy's Girl (TV Movie)
Diane
 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)
Paula
- Find Tara Chapman! (1968) ... Paula
 1963 The Ray Anthony Show (TV Series)
- Della Reese (1963)
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Other Works:

Single (as Della Reese and the Voices of Freedom): "Simple Song Of Freedom" / "Why Not Now" (AVCO Embassy Records) See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Della Reese Lett | Rev. Dr. Della Reese Lett

Height:

5' 2" (1.57 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I use February 14 as the day to remember all the men in my life. Not just boyfriends, but business associates too. I show them I care by sending floral arrangements. [Why are they only sent to women? Men enjoy flowers too!] My beau gets gardenias and my colleagues get plants. When they receive them, they know I really do care. See more »

Trivia:

On one of the tapings of The Royal Family (1991), she found out about one of Redd Foxx's rituals he had done, years after he was doing Sanford and Son (1972), assuming all of this was a joke. In fact, she actually heard it, for real, Foxx collapsed on the set and had a heart attack, where he was taken to a hospital and died in 1991. She attended his funeral later in the year. See more »

Trademark:

Her sly smile See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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