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Overview (2)

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NamePatricia Louise Holte

Mini Bio (1)

Patti LaBelle, born Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards, is an American singer, author, and actress. Patti began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer of the band Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. A decade later the group changed their name to Labelle and recorded the hit song "Lady Marmalade". Patti became a solo artist in 1976 and her debut album was another success. During five decades she has sold more than 50 million records and also became an actress.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Isajade

Spouse (1)

Armstead Edwards (23 July 1969 - 2001) ( divorced) ( 5 children)

Trivia (27)

Husband and manager of 30 years separating. [February 2000]
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame [1993]
Received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berkeley School of Music [1996]
She and her husband had one biological son Zuri (born 1973), adopted her late sister Jackie's son and daughter and raised two foster sons, Dodd and Stanley.
Was given the name LaBelle (which in French translates to the beautiful) by a record exec whom originally thought she was too dark and unattractive to head the then all girl group The Blue Belles
Has two fragrances and a line of lipsticks and nail polishes
Owner of Chez LaBelle dinner theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Known to give her devoted fans one of her fake eyelashes when performing in concert
Often takes off her shoes while performing
Authored Don't Block the Blessings: Revelations of a Lifetime and cookbook LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About
Lost all three of her sisters to some form of cancer
Suffers from diabetes
Was once engaged to Otis Williams of the long-time R&B singing group, The Temptations.
Godmother of Cyndi Lauper's son, Declyn (B. Nov 19 1997)
Ranked #41 on VH1's Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
All three of her sisters died of the same form of cancer before their 44th birthdays.
Godmother of Mariah Carey.
Was among the guests at Usher Raymond's 26th birthday party.
Oddly enough, when she and Michael McDonald first recorded the Burt Bacharach/Carole Bayer Sager song "On My Own", neither artist had even met. LaBelle recorded her part of the song in Philadelphia while McDonald completed his part in Los Angeles. Even after filming a video for the song, both singers had still not met. Not until after the song went to number one on the charts in June 1986 did the two artists finally meet when they performed *together* for the first time on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962).
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Is a staunch liberal Democrat.
Release of her book, "Don't Block the Blessings: Revelations of a Lifetime" by Patti with Laura B. Randolph. [1996]
Release of her book, "LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About" by Patti with Laura B. Randolph. [1999]
Release of her book, "Patti's Pearls: Lessons in Living Genuinely, Joyfully, Generously" by Patti with Laura Randolph Lancaster. [2001]
Release of her book, "Recipes for the Good Life" by Patti with Judith Choate and Karen Hunter. [November 2008]
Release of her book, "Patti LaBelle's Lite Cuisine: Over 100 Dishes with To-Die-For Taste Made with To-Live-For Recipes" by Patti with Laura Randolph Lancaster. [2003]
Friends with Tamron Hall, and Luther Vanross.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on Donna Summer] Nobody does it like Donna. Underrated! Totally underrated - that voice... everything she sang was phenomenal and I still don't think she's gotten the credit that she deserves ... She can do a show and kill you! Today! That's what I call real women standing and singing, and she is one of those.
[on Aretha Franklin] The Queen of Everything! The best voice in the world.

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