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Patti LaBelle

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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• As a youngster, she sang solos in the Beulah Baptist Church Choir in southwest Philadelphia.

• Her music groups have included the Ordettes (1960), the Blue Belles (1961-65), Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles (1965-70) and LaBelle (1970-77).

• Her fellow singers in the Blue Belles and Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles were Nona Hendryx, Sarah Dash and Cindy Birdsong, though Birdsong left in 1967 to join The Supremes.

• Appeared in Broadway's Your Arm's Too Short to Box With God alongside Al Green in 1982.

• Made her film debut in 1984's A Soldier's Story.

• Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1993.

• Won a Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.

• Received the Songwriters Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

• Has authored Don't Block the Blessings: Lessons of a Lifetime, Patti's Pearls: Lessons on Living Genuinely, Joyfully, Generously and numerous cookbooks.

• Has been a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association, the National Minority AIDS Council and the National Cancer Institute.

• Started selling her own line of sauces, marinades and spices in 2007.