Donna Summer

According to Billboard magazine, singer Donna Summer was the eighth most successful female recording artist in history, a fact borne out by her incredible run of hits between 1976 and 1984, which included four ... Read more »
Born: 12/31/1948 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Music (37)

Magic Mike XXL 2015 (Movie)

("Hot Stuff") (Song Performer)

Men, Women & Children 2014 (Movie)

("I Feel Love") (Song)

American Hustle 2013 (Movie)

("I Feel Love") (Song Performer)

American Hustle 2013 (Movie)

("I Feel Love") (Song)

All Good Things 2010 (Movie)

("Last Dance") (Song Performer)

Burlesque 2010 (Movie)

("Hot Stuff") (Song Performer)

Frost/Nixon 2008 (Movie)

("I Feel Love") (Song Performer)

Frost/Nixon 2008 (Movie)

("I Feel Love") (Song)

Charlie Wilson's War 2007 (Movie)

("Bad Girls") (Song Performer)

Charlie Wilson's War 2007 (Movie)

("Bad Girls") (Song)

Prime 2005 (Movie)

(Sample of "Love to Love You Baby") (Song Performer)

Prime 2005 (Movie)

("Freaks of the Industry") (Song)

Roll Bounce 2005 (Movie)

Song("Love to Love You Baby") (Song Performer)

Roll Bounce 2005 (Movie)

("Love to Love You Baby") (Song)

Chasing Papi 2003 (Movie)

("Bad Girls") (Song)

Pokemon The Movie 2000 2000 (Movie)

("The Power of One") (Song Performer)

Donna Summer: Live & More Encore 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Strange Planet 1999 (Movie)

("I Feel Love") (Song)

Superstar 1999 (Movie)

("Hot Stuff") (Song Performer)

The Out-Of-Towners 1999 (Movie)

("Bad Girls") (Song Performer)

The Out-Of-Towners 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Picture Perfect 1997 (Movie)

("Bad Girls") (Song Performer)

Picture Perfect 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Selena 1997 (Movie)

("On the Radio") (Song)

Up on the Roof 1997 (Movie)

("I Feel Love" "Love to Love You Baby") (Song)

Daylight 1996 (Movie)

("Whenever There Is Love") (Song Performer)

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

("Bad Girls") (Song)

Cool As Ice 1991 (Movie)

("Love 2 Love U") (Song)

Stella 1990 (Movie)

("Love to Love You Baby") (Song)

Lost in America 1985 (Movie)

("Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)") (Song Performer)

Flashdance 1983 (Movie)

("Romeo") (Song Performer)

Foxes 1980 (Movie)

("On the Radio") (Song Performer)

Foxes 1980 (Movie)

(Song)

Thank God It's Friday 1977 (Movie)

("Je T'Aime (Moi Non Plus)" "Last Dance") (Song Performer)

Thank God It's Friday 1977 (Movie)

("Take It To the Zoo") (Song)

The Deep 1977 (Movie)

title song (Song)

The Heidi Chronicles (TV Show)

Song
Actor (26)

Behind the Music 1997 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Clark's New Years Rockin Eve 2004 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock to Erase MS 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 100 Greatest Dance Songs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Donna Summer: Live & More Encore 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1998 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Walt Disney World's 25th Anniversary Party 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A 70's Celebration: The Beat Is Back 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Disneyland's 30th Anniversary Celebration 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Donald Duck's 50th Birthday 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

A Hot Summer Night with Donna 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

A Special Eddie Rabbitt 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Donna Summer Special 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Billboard's Disco Party 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Anka in Monte Carlo 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Mac Davis... Sounds Like Home 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Thank God It's Friday 1977 (Movie)

Nicole Sims (Actor)

The David Soul and Friends Special 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

According to Billboard magazine, singer Donna Summer was the eighth most successful female recording artist in history, a fact borne out by her incredible run of hits between 1976 and 1984, which included four consecutive No. 1 singles with "MacArthur Park," "Bad Girls," "Hot Stuff" and "No More Tears (Enough is Enough)" with Barbra Streisand. After an unremarkable beginning as a recording artist in Germany, Summer broke into the U.S. market with the eyebrow-raising "Love to Love You Baby," a 17-plus-minute opus of unbridled sexuality built around Summer's ecstatic moans. Producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, who oversaw the track, shepherded much of Summer's subsequent efforts, which moved effortlessly from gospel-inspired R&B to pure disco on the Oscar-winning "Last Dance" to proto-electronica on the influential "I Feel Love." Personal problems and a sea change in the music industry capsized Summer's career for much of the 1980s, but she reemerged in the late 1990s with a string of top dance singles, which reaffirmed her status as one of the reigning queens of that genre. Her revival in the new millennium made Summer one of the few stars of the disco era to enjoy chart success in later years, and cemented her status as one of the leading lights of late 20th century popular music.

Relationships

Andrew Gaines

Father

Mary Gaines

Mother

Helmuth Sommer

Husband
Met while acting together in "Godspell" Married in 1971 Divorced in 1976

Mimi Sommer

Daughter
Born Feb. 16, 1973; father, Helmuth Sommer

Bruce Sudano Song

Husband
Married July 16, 1980 until Summer's death on May 17, 2012

Brooklyn Sudano Actor

Daughter
Born Jan. 5, 1981; father, Bruce Sudano

Amanda Sudano

Daughter
Born Aug. 11, 1982; father, Bruce Sudano

Milestones

2012

Announced as an inductee (posthumous) into the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

2009

Performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway in honor of President Barack Obama

2008

Released first album in 14 years, Crayons

2004

Inducted to the Dance Music Hall of Fame alongside The Bee Gees

1999

Appeared on the televised special "VH1 Presents Donna Summer: Live and More... Encore!"

1994

Guest starred on ABC sitcom "Family Matters" as Steve Urkel's (Jaleel White) aunt

1994

Celebrated her gospel beginnings with the holiday release Christmas Spirit

1989

Made a comeback with "This Time I Know It's For Real"; single reached Top 10 in U.S. and Europe

1983

Returned to her dance roots with the hit title track off She Works Hard for the Money

1980

Recorded first non-disco album, the rock and New Wave-influenced The Wanderer

1979

Released the highly successful Bad Girls, which included No. 1 singles "Bad Girls" and "Hot Stuff"

1978

Earned first No. 1 in the U.S. with a cover of the Richard Harris ballad "MacArthur Park"

1978

Made feature acting debut in "Thank God It's Friday"; won the Oscar for Best Original Song for "Last Dance" off the film's soundtrack

1977

Released the hit albums I Remember Yesterday (featuring "I Feel Love") and Once Upon a Time

1975

Recorded disco track "Love to Love You Baby," co-written with Moroder and Bellotte; single peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100

1974

Released debut album Lady of the Night; not released in the U.S., but yielded European hit single "The Hostage"

1967

Auditioned for a role in the Broadway musical "Hair"; did not land Broadway production, but joined the German touring company

Met producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte while singing backup for Three Dog Night

Began singing at her local church in Boston, MA

Bonus Trivia

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Summer was posthumously inducted into the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Other inductees included were Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, and Rush.

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