Fast Facts

  • 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.


  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1991, Grammy — Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1998, Grammy — Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: Winner


  • Dodd — Son
  • Armstead Edwards — Ex-husband
  • Bertha Holte — Mother
  • Henry Holte — Father
  • Stanley — Son
  • Barbara — Sister
  • Vivian — Sister
  • Jackie — Sister
  • Zuri — Son


  • Birth Name: Patrica Louise Holte
  • Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Actor, TV host, Author, Philanthropist

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