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Patti LaBelle Biography

Birth Name:
Patrica Louise Holte
Birth Place:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Singer, songwriter, actor, TV host, author, philanthropist

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



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