Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1944-05-24 (77 years old) · Gender: Female

38 Movies · 27 TV shows

Biography

Patti LaBelle (born Patricia Louise Holte; May 24, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. LaBelle began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer and front woman of the vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. Following the group's name change to Labelle in the 1970s, they released the iconic disco song "Lady Marmalade" which later was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. As a result, the group later became the first African-American vocal group to land the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and they became the first pop group to play at the Metropolitan Opera House.After the group split in 1976, LaBelle began a successful solo career, starting with her critically acclaimed debut album, which included the career-defining song, "You Are My Friend". LaBelle became a mainstream solo star in 1984 following the success of the singles, "If Only You Knew", "New Attitude" and "Stir It Up", with the latter two crossing over to pop audiences and becoming radio staples.Less than two years later, in 1986, LaBelle scored with the number-one album, Winner in You and the number-one duet single, "On My Own", with Michael McDonald. LaBelle eventually won a 1992 Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her 1991 album, Burnin', followed by a second Grammy win for the live album, Live! One Night Only. Her 1990s albums, Burnin', Gems (1994) and Flame (1997), continued her popularity with young R&B audiences throughout the decade. Following the release of two mildly receptive solo albums in the early new millennium, she reunited with her Labelle bandmates for the album, Back to Now, followed by a briefly well received promotional tour. LaBelle's success has extended as an actress with a notable role in the Oscar nominated film, A Soldier's Story, and in TV shows such as A Different World and American Horror Story: Freak Show. In 1992, LaBelle starred in her own TV sitcom, Out All Night. A decade later, LaBelle hosted her own lifestyle TV show, Living It Up with Patti LaBelle on TV One. In 2015, LaBelle took part in the dance competition, Dancing with the Stars at the age of 70. Labelle has also seen success launching her own brand of bedding, cook books and food for various companies. In 2015 her Patti's Sweet Potato Pie sold millions when a Youtube video praising the product went viral. As a result, over a 72 hour period, Walmart sold one pie every second.In a career that has spanned over seven different decades, she has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. LaBelle has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Apollo Theater Hall of Fame. LaBelle was included in Rolling Stone on their list of 100 Greatest Singers. LaBelle is a dramatic soprano and is noted for her vocal power, range and emotive delivery.

Personal Life

LaBelle wrote that she was sexually assaulted by Jackie Wilson while at the Brooklyn Fox Theatre in the 1960s. Around 1964, LaBelle was engaged to Otis Williams, founding member of The Temptations. In 1969, LaBelle married a longtime friend, Armstead Edwards. After LaBelle started a solo career, Edwards became her manager until the couple separated in the late 1990s. In 2000, the couple announced they had legally separated, with their divorce being finalized in 2003. They have a son, Zuri Kye Edwards (born 1973), who became her manager.In 1975, her eldest sister Vivian Hogan Rogers died of lung cancer at 43. In 1982, she lost her second-eldest sister, Barbara Holte Purifoy, to colon cancer at 40. In October 1978, she lost her mother, Bertha, to diabetes. In 1989, she lost her father Henry to emphysema brought on by complications of Alzheimer's disease and her youngest sister, Jacqueline "Jackie" Holte Padgett, to lung cancer. Like Vivian, Jackie was also only 43 when she died. LaBelle dedicated her album, Burnin' and her rendition of "Wind Beneath My Wings" in her 1991/92 concert tour to Padgett. After Padgett was gone, LaBelle shot the music video to "If You Asked Me To". LaBelle said because of her family dying early, she felt she wouldn't make it to 50 and said she felt her life was born anew after reaching that age. In 1995, LaBelle was diagnosed with diabetes. She has a home in the Philadelphia suburb of Wynnewood and also has condos in Los Angeles and in Eleuthera, the Bahamas.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

1 TV show
TV
VERZUZ

VERZUZ

2020
Timbaland and Swizz Beatz faced off in a virtual DJ battle in March 2020 in the first iteration of verZUZ, which was conceived as a virtual DJ battle. The show is going to be more than just hip-hop an...

2019.

5 Movies · 2 TV shows
A Family Christmas Gift

A Family Christmas Gift

2019
When she spends the holidays with her aunt, it brings her closer to her and a new love into her life.
Sesame Street: 50th Anniversary Celebration!

Sesame Street: 50th Anniversary Celebration!

2019
C is for Celebrate! Join host Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the residents of Sesame Street - human and monsters alike - to celebrate 50 years of learning, laughter, and love. Familiar felt faces like Roos...
TV
The Masked Singer

The Masked Singer

6
2019
Each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask, to hide his or her identity in a singing competition. One singer will be eliminated each week.
TV
Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall

2019
Tamron Hall is a former news host and journalist.
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: "All in the Family" and "Good Times"

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: "All in the Family" and "Good Times"

2019
Live performances of classic holiday-themed episodes from Norman Lear's hit shows "All in the Family" and "Good Times."
National Memorial Day Concert

National Memorial Day Concert

2019
On the eve of Memorial Day, a star-studded lineup will grace the stage for one of PBS' highest-rated programs. This multi-award-winning television event has become an American tradition, honoring the ...
The Apollo

The Apollo

2019
The history of New York City's Apollo Theater in Harlem is given the full treatment.

2018.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Christmas Everlasting

Christmas Everlasting

2018
Christmas is fast approaching and years of long workdays employed at New York’s top corporate law firm are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey will be made partner after the New Year. However, when ...
Mr. SOUL!

Mr. SOUL!

2018
On the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, one fearless black pioneer reconceived a Harlem Renaissance for a new era, bringing giants and rising stars of black American culture onto the national telev...
TV
The Kominsky Method

The Kominsky Method

5.83
2018
An aging actor, who long ago enjoyed a brush with fame, makes his living as an acting coach.

2016.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party

Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party

4
2016
The Queen of Cuisine and the King of Kush are going to host a party for their celebrity friends. There are games, recipes and musical guests. Everyone is going to be happy.
National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Opening Ceremony

National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Opening Ceremony

2016
The grand opening dedication ceremony of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.
TV
To Tell the Truth

To Tell the Truth

2016
The classic game show has been reinvented. Each round, a celebrity panel will be presented with three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent, job or achievement. On...

2013.

1 Movie
Six by Sondheim

Six by Sondheim

2013
The life and career of the stage legend Stephen Sondheim is explored through six of his best-known songs in this intimate documentary.

2011.

1 Movie
Mama, I Want to Sing!

Mama, I Want to Sing!

2011
A preacher's daughter is discovered by a well-established musician after singing in the church choir. She becomes a pop singer.

2010.

1 TV show
TV
The Marriage Ref

The Marriage Ref

2010
The Marriage Ref is a TV show and panel game hosted by comedian Tom Papa and produced by Jerry Seinfeld, in which a rotating group of celebrities decides the winners of real-life marital disputes. The...

2008.

1 Movie
Semi-Pro

Semi-Pro

5.61
2008
Moon is the owner, promoter, coach, and star player of the Tropics of the ABA. The NBA plans to combine with the best teams of the ABA at the end of the season in 1976, before the ABA collapses. The w...

2007.

1 Movie
Cover

Cover

2007
The wife of a man who has been leading a double life is the prime suspect in a murder on New Year's Eve. As the revelation of her husband's betrayal threatens to destroy all that they have known, her ...

2006.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
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Celebrity Cooking Showdown

Celebrity Cooking Showdown

2006
The show was on NBC from April 17 to April 22. Alan Thicke was the host.
Idlewild

Idlewild

4
2006
A musical set in the 1920's American South where a performer and club manager must contend with mobsters who have their eyes on the club, while his piano player and partner must choose between their l...
Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy

Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy

2006
Geralyn Lucas got her dream job after graduating from Columbia University's graduate school of journalism. Lucas was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 27 and has a dilemma about whether to ha...
The Who: Tommy Live With Special Guests

The Who: Tommy Live With Special Guests

2006
Seven years after wrapping up one of rock's first farewell tours, The Who returned to the stage in 1989 with a classic album show. It was the 20th anniversary of Tommy, which seemed like a good excuse...

2005.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
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American Dad!

American Dad!

6.34
2005
The series focuses on an eccentric motley crew that is the Smith family and their three housemates: Father, husband, and breadwinner Stan Smith; his better half housewife, Francine Smith; their colleg...
Life O The Party: On the Road with Prince and the New Power Generation

Life O The Party: On the Road with Prince and the New Power Generation

2005
On the road documentary with Prince and the New Power Generation during their 2004 Musicology tour from the west coast Los Angeles' House of Blues to the east coast's Madison Square Garden in New York...
TV
Hi-Jinks

Hi-Jinks

2005
Nick at Nite aired a hidden camera show called Hi-Jinks in 2005. The show is hosted by a woman. The show gives parents a chance to play practical jokes on their children. Taking a cue from Punk'd, eac...
20 Years Ago Today - Live Aid

20 Years Ago Today - Live Aid

2005
This concert film was created for the London premiére launch of Live Aid on dvd in November 2004. It contains selected highlights of the marathon fundraising concert that took place across two contine...
The Who: Tommy and Quadrophenia Live

The Who: Tommy and Quadrophenia Live

2005
Rhino Records is proud to present a 3-DVD boxed set showcasing one of the greatest live bands ever-The Who. Disc one features a live rendition of their full-blown rock opera about a deaf, dumb, and bl...

2004.

2 Movies
Live Aid

Live Aid

2004
Bob Geldof and Midge Ure organized the biggest benefit concert in history to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia. The box set was released in 2004.
Celia Cruz: ¡Azúcar!

Celia Cruz: ¡Azúcar!

2004
This all-star tribute to the Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz, was hosted by Pop and Latin singing sensations Gloria Estefan and Marc Anthony. Millions of people from all over the world have been touched by...

2003.

1 TV show
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All of Us

All of Us

2003
The UPN network in the United States aired the first three seasons of All of Us. On October 1, 2006 the show moved to The CW, a new network formed by the merger of UPN and The WB, where it aired for o...

2002.

1 Movie
The Making and Meaning of 'We Are Family'

The Making and Meaning of 'We Are Family'

2002
Featuring inverviews from: Afrika Bambaataa, Ashford & Simpson, Jackson Browne, Kim Burell, Taylor Dayne, Carmen Electra, Faith Evans, Roberta Flack, Joel Gray, Kc & the Sunshine Band, Eartha Kitt, Pa...

2001.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Santa, Baby!

Santa, Baby!

2001
Noel takes his frustration out on his family because he is struggling to write a hit song. Dakota wants her dad to write a hit song because he did a good deed. A sub-plot about kindness to animals is ...
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Good Day Live

Good Day Live

2001
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1999.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales

Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales

1999
Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd's bestselling children's book headlines this winning 25-minute collection of sleepytime tales from HBO. Susan Sarandon narrates the simple story of a bunny readyin...
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The Early Show

The Early Show

1999
CBS broadcasted The Early Show from New York City from 1999 to 2012 It aired from 7 to 9 a.m. Most affiliates in the Central, Mountain, and Pacific time zones aired the show on tape-delay from 7 to 9 ...

1998.

1 TV show
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VH1 Divas

VH1 Divas

1998
In 1998, VH1 debuted the first annual VH1 Divas concert. VH1 Divas Live was created to support the channel's Save The Music Foundation and subsequent concerts in the series have also benefited that fo...

1996.

1 TV show
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The Rosie O'Donnell Show

The Rosie O'Donnell Show

3.93
1996
The Rosie O'Donnell Show was an American daytime television talk show hosted and produced by actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell. It aired for six seasons from 1996 to 2002. Topics often discussed on...

1994.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!

Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!

1994
Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! was a 1994 TV special that aired on ABC to celebrate Sesame Street's 25th anniversary. It was originally broadcast on May 18, 1994. The...
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Intimate Portrait

Intimate Portrait

1994
Intimate Portrait is a biographical television series on the Lifetime Television cable network focusing on different celebrities, which includes interviews with each subject. Among the people profile...
Fertile La Toyah Video Magazine #2: The Kinky Issue!

Fertile La Toyah Video Magazine #2: The Kinky Issue!

1994
Prostrate probing interviews! Live action murder! Naked people! Tired death-rockers! And more! Much more!!

1993.

1 TV show
TV
The Nanny

The Nanny

6.18
1993
Fran, fresh out of her job as a bridal consultant in her boyfriend's shop, first appeared on the doorstep of Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield peddling cosmetics, and quickly stumbled upon the oppor...

1992.

1 TV show
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Out All Night

Out All Night

1992
Out All Night is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 19, 1992 to July 9, 1993 for one season. The series stars Patti LaBelle, and was created by Andy Borowitz, Susan Borowitz, and Rob ...

1990.

3 Movies
Fire and Rain

Fire and Rain

1990
August 2nd, 1985 is the subject of a movie. The flight from Ft Lauderdale to Los Angeles took off. A strong storm caused the plane to crash.
Sing! Sesame Street Remembers Joe Raposo and His Music

Sing! Sesame Street Remembers Joe Raposo and His Music

1990
A television special broadcast on PBS in honor of composer, songwriter, pianist, television writer and lyricist Joe Raposo after he passed away.
Parker Kane

Parker Kane

1990
A former police detective is now a private investigator. Kane set out to find out who was responsible for the murder of Joey after he left a briefcase full of money. A major scam involves illegal dump...

1989.

2 Movies
The Who Live, Featuring the Rock Opera Tommy

The Who Live, Featuring the Rock Opera Tommy

1989
This live rendition of The Who’s full-blown rock opera about a deaf, dumb, and blind boy was performed live in 1989 at The Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, with special guests Elton John, Phil C...
Sing

Sing

1989
When a volatile young street tough with a talent for singing and dancing is tapped by the high school music teacher to lead the upcoming senior "Sing," he is forced to come to terms with his defiant s...

1988.

1 Movie
Sesame Street: Put Down the Duckie: An All-Star Musical Special

Sesame Street: Put Down the Duckie: An All-Star Musical Special

1988
The stars come out on Sesame Street in this fun-filled video featuring the show's most memorable moments. Sing-along in this star-studded celebration!

1987.

1 TV show
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A Different World

A Different World

6.11
1987
A Different World aired on NBC for six seasons. The life of students at a fictional mixed but historically black college in the state of Virginia was originally the focus of the series. After Bonet's ...

1986.

1 Movie
Unnatural Causes

Unnatural Causes

1986
Frank Coleman is a Vietnam veteran dying from cancer brought on by exposure to the defoliant chemical Agent Orange which he turns to Maude DeVictor, a Veterans Administration benefits counselor who te...

1985.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Musical Comedy Tonight III

Musical Comedy Tonight III

1985
Sylvia Fine hosts a musical show featuring some great American singing and dancing stars, with music by Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart, Berlin and Kern.
Live Aid

Live Aid

1985
Live Aid took place in two places at the same time. The Kennedy Library is in Boston. Kennedy Stadium is in Philadelphia. It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts o...
TV
Sylvia Fine Kaye's Musical Comedy Tonight III

Sylvia Fine Kaye's Musical Comedy Tonight III

1985
Sylvia Fine Kaye remembers Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, and Irving Berlin with songs and scenes from The Boys From Syracuse, Show Boat, Connecticut Yankee, and Leave It To Jane

1984.

1 Movie
A Soldier's Story

A Soldier's Story

1984
A black Master Sergeant was found shot to death outside of the local Army Base in a rural town in Louisiana. A black military lawyer is sent from Washington to investigate. In order to find out who ki...

1982.

1 Movie
Working

Working

1982
This musical adaptation of the Studs Terkel book examines the average worker's viewpoint--showing that he or she is anything but average. Based on a series of interviews with real working people--cons...

1980.

1 TV show
TV
Solid Gold

Solid Gold

1980
Solid Gold was an American syndicated music television series that debuted on September 13, 1980. Like many other shows of its genre, such as American Bandstand, Solid Gold featured musical performanc...

1979.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert

Richard Pryor: Live in Concert

1979
Richard Pryor performs monologues on race, sex, family and his favorite target at the Terrace Theatre in Long Beach, California.
TV
Musical Comedy Tonight

Musical Comedy Tonight

1979
Sylvia Fine Kaye hosts this series of specials chronicling the evolution of the American musical through performance and recreations of original staging

1977.

1 Movie
Rolling Stone Magazine: The 10th Anniversary

Rolling Stone Magazine: The 10th Anniversary

1977
The train wreck shows that not everything was better in the good old days. Rolling Stone Magazine is included.

1973.

1 TV show
TV
Rock Concert

Rock Concert

1973
Don Kirshner's Rock Concert is an American television music variety show that ran during the 1970s and early 1980s and was syndicated to television stations. The Rolling Stones performed on September ...

1971.

1 TV show
TV
Great Performances

Great Performances

1971
Classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries are included in the programming portfolio of the best in the performing arts from across America and ...

1962.

1 TV show
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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

6
1962
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is a talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under The Tonight Show franchise from 1962 to 1992. It originally aired during late-night. For its first ten years, Cars...

1952.

1 TV show
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Today

Today

1952
NBC broadcasts a daily American morning television show called Today. January 14, 1952 is when the program began. It is the fifth-longest running American television series and was the first of its ki...

Unknown Year.

1 TV show
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The Arsenio Hall Show

The Arsenio Hall Show

The Arsenio Hall Show was last broadcasted in 1994. Arsenio Hall hosted the original Arsenio show. The current program is distributed by CBS Television Distribution.
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