Della Reese

Della Reese

  • Highest Rated: 64% Dinosaur (2000)
  • Lowest Rated: 12% A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996)
  • Birthday: Jul 6, 1931
  • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
  • Della Reese is one of the few performers to move easily between the religious community and the mainstream entertainment industry. Born in Detroit, MI, Reese started singing in gospel choirs at a very young age. In 1945, she joined a touring choir with legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. As a student at Wayne State University, Reese former her own singing group called the Meditation Singers. After a regular gig at Detroit's Flame Showbar, she went on to sing with Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra. During the '50s and '60s, she recorded pop vocal albums for Jubilee and RCA Victor, leading to several pop singles on the Billboard charts. She was also nominated for a Grammy award and is remembered as one of the first gospel singers to have a popular stage show in Las Vegas.Her television career started in 1969 as the guest host of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. She then made television history as the first black woman with her own prime-time variety show, Della. After singing on the nightclub circuit and making television guest appearances as herself, she joined the cast of Chico and the Man from 1976 to 1978. Despite her battle with illness in the early '80s, she continued acting steadily throughout the next few decades. Her other TV series appearances include Sanford and Son, It Takes Two, Charlie & Co., and The Royal Family. On the big screen, she played madam Vera in Eddie Murphy's Harlem Nights and Martin Lawrence's mother in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. Her biggest television achievement is the CBS drama Touched By an Angel, which ran from 1994-2003. For her role of Tess, the wise guiding angel to Monica (Roma Downey), Reese won several Image Awards and Emmy nominations. Her other television work includes leading roles on the TV tearjerkers Miracle in the Woods, The Moving of Sylvia Myles, and Anya's Bell. She would appear in a number of projects in the years to come, like Expecting Mary and Me Again. An ordained minister, Reese helps to run the Los Angeles church association Understanding Foundation for Better Living.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Dear Secret Santa Linda 2013
No Score Yet Christmas Angel Elsie Waybright 2012
No Score Yet Meant to Be Mave 2012
No Score Yet Me Again Muriel 2012
No Score Yet Expecting Mary Doris Dorkus 2010
No Score Yet If I Had Known I Was a Genius Actor 2007
38% Beauty Shop Mrs. Towner $36.4M 2005
No Score Yet Tennessee Ernie Ford: His Life and Times Actor 2004
No Score Yet That Old Black Magic Actor 2002
No Score Yet The Moving of Sophia Myles Sophia Myles 2000
64% Dinosaur Eema $135.7M 2000
No Score Yet Anya's Bell Anya Herpick 1999
No Score Yet Mama Flora's Family Nana Fleming 1999
No Score Yet Chasing Secrets Honey 1999
No Score Yet The Secret Path (The Silent Path) Actor 1999
No Score Yet Having Our Say: Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Martha Logan 1999
No Score Yet Emma's Wish Mona 1998
No Score Yet Miracle in the Woods Lilly Cooper 1997
12% A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Ma Wright 1996
No Score Yet The Kid Who Loved Christmas Actor 1990
21% Harlem Nights Vera 1989
No Score Yet The Gift of Amazing Grace Actor 1986
No Score Yet Psychic Killer Actor 1978
No Score Yet Nightmare in Badham County Sarah 1976
No Score Yet Psychic Killer Mrs. Gibson 1975
No Score Yet The Voyage of the Yes Actor 1973
No Score Yet Let's Rock (Keep It Cool) Herself 1958

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

80% The Royal Family
1991-1992
Victoria Royal
  • 2019
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Screenwriter Tess
  • 2018
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet MacGyver
2016
  • 2016
83% Detroit 1-8-7
2010-2011
Lorraine Henderson
  • 2010
No Score Yet That's So Raven
2003-2007
Rhonnie Wilcox
  • 2006
No Score Yet Promised Land
1996-1999
Tess
  • 1996
No Score Yet Designing Women
1986-1993
Etienne's Mom
  • 1993
82% Picket Fences
1992-1996
  • 1993
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
Mama Colton Mama
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet Night Court
1984-1992
Roz's Aunt
  • 1989
No Score Yet The A-Team
1983-1987
  • 1985
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
1972-1977
  • 1975
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1973
No Score Yet In Performance at the White House
2010-2016
Performer

QUOTES FROM Della Reese CHARACTERS

Sugar Ray
Vera, you know we tally up at 4 o'clock. What is your problem?
Vera
Kiss my ass, Sugar. I've got to watch my girls until the last trick is gone. And I'm not about to ask no customer to roll over so I can punch some goddamn clock. Now, this is your place, but I am in charge of the girls... and you can just kiss my ass.
Sugar Ray
[Sugar Ray makes kisses toward Vera] Oh baby!
Vera
No, stop it, Sugar, stop doing... Don't do that. Stop that!
Quick
So, baby, how'd we do tonight?
Vera
We made about 200.
Quick
200? Your girls have been back there all night. How'd they only make 200 dollars?
Vera
You kiss my ass, Quick! I don't ever say nothing to you when the crap table and the bar come up short.
Quick
Cause the bar and the crap table never come up short, just the girls.
Sugar Ray
Now, calm down, Vera.
Vera
Kiss my ass, Sugar! I wanna know what it is Quick is trying to say?
Quick
I ain't trying to say shit. You're in charge of the girls, right?
Vera
I am in charge of the girls.
Quick
Are you in charge of the girls?
Vera
I AM in charge of the girls.
Quick
OK, The girls are always coming up short. Alright, let's get this shit out in the open. The girls are always coming up short even when the place is packed the girls come up short. Now, either you or them got a problem with their arithmetic.
Vera
Are you saying I'm stealing?
Bennie Wilson
The man didn't say you was stealing, Vera. Now, come over here and sit down and shut the fuck up!
Vera
You shut the fuck up, Bennie. I would tell you to kiss my ass too, but you probably can't find it you blind motherfucker.
Bennie Wilson
Fuck you, bitch.
Vera
[Vera turning and looking at Quick] Me and you got to step out back.
Sugar Ray
Hey, it was just a misunderstanding.
Vera
[Vera starts taking off her hat] nuh-uh, No it ain't, it ain't no misunderstanding. Quick just accused me of stealing. and if you gonna take up for Quick in here, we can all be some fighting motherfuckers in here this evening. Bring your ass, nigger. Bring it on. Come on. Bring your ass! Come on, get up and come on, motherfucker!
Quick
All right, bitch, you want to fight? We can fight then, you fat motherfucker, l'm tired of your shit!
Vera
Just bring your ass!