September 30, 1986 |
Della Reese, the entertainer, has a new role: Della Reese, the metaphysician. A near-tragedy in her life a few years ago led to her decision to take up the activity that now occupies much of her time. She is the founder and director of Understanding Principles (or simply UP), a metaphysical study center with a busy schedule of lectures, seminars, gospel nights and, every Sunday, a potpourri of R&B, jazz and pop with a long line of volunteer performers.
December 2, 2003 |
Della Reese, who played a down-to-earth heavenly being on "Touched by an Angel" isn't acting as she stands in front of a congregation on Sundays in West Hollywood. She's preaching -- in her own church. And her message has no mention of sin, no mention of good and evil and no endorsement of sacrifice if it means doing without. She talks about abundant living, not in the hereafter but in the here and now. "There ain't nothin' up there. If you would read that Bible you would know.
November 16, 1997 |
There is no sign out front pointing to a church, but upstairs the auditorium is overflowing. Nearly 300 congregants--a virtual rainbow coalition--are gathered in impermanent rented quarters a mile east of Beverly Hills. The audience is largely African American, but there are a substantial number of Anglos--including a female assistant minister--as well as some Latinos and Asian Americans.
October 25, 1991 |
A New Direction: CBS' "The Royal Family," left without a leading man following the sudden death earlier this month of Redd Foxx, appears headed for an overhaul. Former "227" star Jackee reportedly will join the cast as a relative of Della Reese, who starred as Foxx's wife in the sitcom. The producers and networks felt it would be best not to fill Foxx's role with another actor.
May 9, 1989 |
Box office star Eddie Murphy and comedian Richard Pryor are working together in Paramount's "Harlem Nights," a new action-comedy that marks the directorial debut of Murphy who also wrote the screenplay and is executive producer. Redd Foxx, Danny Aiello, Michael Lerner, Della Reese, Stan Shaw and Arsenio Hall are also in the cast of the film that is set in Club Sugar Ray's, "the most popular after-hours nightclub in New York City, 1938."
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March 16, 2002 |
Nellie Bradley, who was believed to be Britain's oldest person, died Monday in Silsden in northeast England. She was 112 and listed in the Guinness Book of Records last year. * Deloreese Daniels Owens, daughter of "Touched by an Angel" star Della Reese, was found dead at her Los Angeles-area home Wednesday. She was 41. The cause of death was not disclosed, but Owens suffered from a pituitary dysfunction that made her prone to infections.