Della Reese

Della Reese
1931 - 2017

Della Reese  American Actress


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Della Reese was previously married to Franklin Lett (1983 - 2017).


American Actress Della Reese was born Delloreese Patricia Early on 6th July, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan, USA and passed away on 19th Nov 2017 Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA aged 86. She is most remembered for Tess in Touched by an Angel. Her zodiac sign is Cancer.

Della Reese was in 2 on-screen matchups, including Ossie Davis in The Secret Path (1999) and Redd Foxx in The Royal Family (1991).

Della Reese is a member of the following lists: Grammy Award winners, American television talk show hosts and American writers.


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First Name Della
Last Name Reese
Full Name at Birth Delloreese Patricia Early
Alternative Name Della Reese, Rev. Dr. Della Reese Lett
Age 86 (age at death) years
Birthday 6th July, 1931
Birthplace Detroit, Michigan, USA
Died 19th November, 2017
Place of Death Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA
Buried Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Height 5' 2" (157 cm)
Weight 200lbs (91 kg)
Build Large
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Salt and Pepper
Distinctive Feature Sly smile, Quick witted, Husky voice
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Sexuality Straight
Religion Christian
Ethnicity Multiracial
Nationality American
High School Cass Technical High School
University Wayne State University
Occupation Text Singer, actress, minister, TV hostess, director, producer, ordained minister
Occupation Actress
Claim to Fame Tess in Touched by an Angel
Music Genre (Text) Gospel, Stage, Television, Traditional Pop, Screen, Jazz, Pop, R&B, And Television
Music Genre Vocal, Classical Music Entry
Year(s) Active 1953–present, 1953–2014, 1944–2014
Music Style Traditional Pop, Jazz, Vocal Pop, Standards, Vocal Jazz, Classical, R&B
Music Mood Carefree, Elegant, Stylish, Refined/Mannered, Joyous, Rollicking
Instrument Vocals
Instrument (text) Vocals
Record Label Jubilee Records, RCA Records, Jubilee, RCA
Associated Acts Mahalia Jackson, Erskine Hawkins, Albertina Walker, Aretha Franklin, Dorothy Norwood, Cissy Houston
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling) Jubilee Records, RCA Records
Brand Endorsement Diabetes Association, Della Reese Fashions
Cup Size D
Shoe Size 7
Official Websites,,
Father Richard Early
Mother Nellie Early
Family Member Deloreese (daughter) (passed on in 2002), James (son), Franklin (son), Dominique (daughter)
Friend Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Roma Downey, Nat King Cole, John Dye, Jackée Harry, Dick Gregory, Larry King, Redd Foxx, Nipsey Russell, Rosa Parks, Marla Gibbs, Martin Lawrence, Alfred Woodland, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Reid, Eddie Murphy, Kristoff St. John, Valerie Bertinelli
Pets Tootsie (poodle)
Favorite People Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Jane Wyman, Sarah Vaughan
Favorite TV Shows Ed Sullivan Show, Jackie Gleason Show, Your Show of Shows, Touched By An Angel
Favorite Bands Billie Holiday
Favorite Songs Walk With You
Favorite Books The Holy Bible
Favorite Places Church
Favorite Foods Fried Chicken
Favorite Colors Blue, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Yellow

Delloreese Patricia Early (July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017), known professionally as Della Reese, was an American jazz and gospel singer, actress, and ordained minister whose career spanned seven decades. She began her long career as a singer, scoring a hit with her 1959 single "Don't You Know?". In the late 1960s she hosted her own talk show, Della, which ran for 197 episodes. From 1975 she also starred in films, playing opposite Redd Foxx in Harlem Nights (1989), Martin Lawrence in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996) and Elliott Gould in Expecting Mary (2010). Reese achieved continued success in the religious television drama Touched by an Angel (1994–2003), in which she played the leading role of Tess.

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Della Reese86 CancerActress
Franklin Lett-Film/TV Producer


Signed, Sealed, Delivered2014Cora BrandtTV Show
Dear Secret Santa2013LindaTV Movie
Miracle at Gate 2132013Alma PeddingtonTV Movie
Me Again2012MurielMovie
Christmas Angel2012Elsie WaybrightTV Movie
Meant to Be2012MaveMovie
Hallelujah2011Dulcie PrejeanTV Movie
Expecting Mary2010Doris DorkusMovie
Detroit 1-8-72010Lorraine HendersonTV Show
If I Had Known I Was a Genius2007NanaMovie
Beauty Shop2005Mrs. TownerMovie
That's So Raven2003Miss Rhonnie WilcoxTV Show
Dinosaur2000Eema (voice)Movie
The Moving of Sophia Myles2000Sophia MylesTV Movie
Anya's Bell1999Anya HerpickTV Movie
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years1999Martha LoganTV Movie
The Secret Path1999HoneyTV Movie
Emma's Wish1998Mona WashburnTV Movie
Mama Flora's Family1998Nana FlemingTV Show
A Match Made in Heaven1997Katie BealeTV Movie
Miracle in the Woods1997Lilly CooperTV Movie
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate1996Ma WrightMovie
Promised Land1996TessTV Show
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1995The Blues FairyTV Show
Touched by an Angel1994TessTV Show
The Distinguished Gentleman1992Elevator Operator (uncredited)Movie
You Must Remember This1992Ella DuChamps (voice)TV Movie
Picket Fences1992Naomi GrandTV Show
The Royal Family1991Victoria RoyalTV Show
The Kid Who Loved Christmas1990Alicia SlaterTV Movie
Dream On1990ReceptionistTV Show
Married People1990AnnetteTV Show
Harlem Nights1989VeraMovie
The Young Riders1989Stagecoach SallyTV Show
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo1988Additional VoicesTV Show
Designing Women1986Mrs. ToussantTV Show
L.A. Law1986Lucille LakeTV Show
2271985Grace, Rita ClarkTV Show
Charlie & Co.1985Aunt RachelTV Show
MacGyver1985Mama ColtonTV Show
Crazy Like a Fox1984Mrs. Flood, Nurse FloodTV Show
Night Court1984Aunt RuthTV Show
The A-Team1983Mrs. BaracusTV Show
It Takes Two1982Judge Caroline PhillipsTV Show
The Love Boat1977Millie WashingtonTV Show
Nightmare in Badham County1976SarahTV Movie
Flo's Place1976FloTV Movie
Psychic Killer1975Mrs. GibsonMovie
Joe Forrester1975ClaudineTV Show
Welcome Back, Kotter1975Mrs. Jean TremaineTV Show
Cop on the Beat1975ClaudineTV Movie
Chico and the Man1974Della Rogers, The JudgeTV Show
Petrocelli1974Angela DamonTV Show
Police Woman1974Tina ThompsonTV Show
Twice in a Lifetime1974FloTV Movie
Voyage of the Yes1973Opal ParkerTV Movie
Police Story1973ClaudineTV Show
The Young and the Restless1973Aunt VirginiaTV Show
Daddy's Girl1973DianeTV Movie
ABC Afterschool Specials1972Aunt FaithTV Show
Sanford and Son1972Della ReeseTV Show
The Rookies1972LandersTV Show
Getting Together1971TV Show
Columbo1971Johnny Carson's GuestTV Show
A City of the King1971Innkeeper's WifeTV Movie
McCloud1970Sgt. Gladys HarrisTV Show
Medical Center1969Capt. SykesTV Show
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors1969Grace DaytonTV Show
Mod Squad1968PaulaTV Show
Laugh-In1967Guest PerformerTV Show
Insight1960JudgeTV Show
Whoa with Laine Lawson CraftMovie
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