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Della Reese of 'Touched by an Angel'

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Della Reese is an American actress and singer. She started her career in the late 1950s as a jazz singer, best known for her 1959 hit single "Don't You Know". She subsequently became an actress and today is also an ordained Minister. In 1970, Reese became the FIRST BLACK WOMAN to guest host The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. She is best known for her role as Tess in Touched By An Angel. In 1989, she starred alongside Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor and Arsenio Hall in the theatrical release movie Harlem Nights, in which she was seen doing a fight scene with Eddie Murphy. She has since gone on to appear in Beauty Shop, That's So Raven and MORE! She was also honored in 2006 by Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball!