Della Reese, the vocal powerhouse who later starred as heaven-sent Tess on the television series Touched By an Angel, died Sunday evening at age 86. ... [S]he signed a deal with Jubilee Records in 1953, releasing six albums largely composed of jazz standards. National fame would come in 1957 with the release of "And That Reminds Me," a Top 20 hit and her first global seller. ... In the late '60s she began to expand her career from a jazz nightclub act to all-around entertainer by breaking into television. She became a familiar face on the small screen, securing guest spots on a host of shows, including The Mod Squad, The Love Boat, Sanford and Son, MacGyver, Night Court, and The Young and the Restless.
She's no Delta Burke (who I mistakenly thought this thread was about originally).
I mean that as a compliment.
fhe was also in "Touched by an Angel"
Always thought that was her best TV gig.
Also in one episode of "Picket Fences"
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