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Born: December 12, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: East Orange, New Jersey, USA Profession:

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Gifted with a soulful voice that wrapped around even the simplest melodies with pure conviction, there was never any doubt that Dionne Warwick was destined for musical greatness. Warwick was an international superstar by all standards, thanks to an inimitable number of major hits, such as "Don't Make Me Over" (1962), "Walk on By" (1964), and her unforgettable rendition of the 1966 song, "Alfie" (1967). One of her biggest hits was the classic "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" (1968), an upbeat pop gem considered one of the songstress' trademark songs. After dominating the adult contemporary and R&B charts in the 1960s, Warwick's career lagged in the next decade, due mostly to the ending of her longtime collaboration with famed composers, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, but she revived her career with the smoldering ballad, "I'll Never Love This Way Again" (1979). Throughout her illustrious career, she recorded more than 55 chart-topping singles, but her success extended far beyond the music industry. Warwick - who was famously the aunt of songstress Whitney Houston - also devoted most of her life to charitable causes, most notably to promoting AIDS research, and proving that she truly was one of her...

Gifted with a soulful voice that wrapped around even the simplest melodies with pure conviction, there was never any doubt that Dionne Warwick was destined for musical greatness. Warwick was an international superstar by all standards, thanks to an inimitable number of major hits, such as "Don't Make Me Over" (1962), "Walk on By" (1964), and her unforgettable rendition of the 1966 song, "Alfie" (1967). One of her biggest hits was the classic "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" (1968), an upbeat pop gem considered one of the songstress' trademark songs. After dominating the adult contemporary and R&B charts in the 1960s, Warwick's career lagged in the next decade, due mostly to the ending of her longtime collaboration with famed composers, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, but she revived her career with the smoldering ballad, "I'll Never Love This Way Again" (1979). Throughout her illustrious career, she recorded more than 55 chart-topping singles, but her success extended far beyond the music industry. Warwick - who was famously the aunt of songstress Whitney Houston - also devoted most of her life to charitable causes, most notably to promoting AIDS research, and proving that she truly was one of her era's most influential and successful artists.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Secret Agent 00 - Soul (1991) Cameo Appearance
2.
 Rent-A-Cop (1988) Beth
5.
 Slaves (1969) Cassy
6.
 R&B 40: A Soul Spectacular (2002) Co-Host
7.
 Gladys Knight: A Knight's Tale (2002) Interviewee
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Formed singing group The Gospelaires with younger sister Dee Dee and their aunt Cissy Houston, mother of singer Whitney Houston
1961:
During summer break from college, rejoined The Gospelaires to sing backup for doo-wop group The Drifters; discovered by songwriter Burt Bacharach
1962:
Released solo debut <i>Presenting Dionne Warwick</i>; included hit single "Don't Make Me Over"
1964:
Solidified international music career with "Walk On By," composed by Burt Bacharach
1967:
Earned first certified gold album with <i>Here Where There Is Love</i>, featuring theme song to "Alfie"
1967:
Recorded "I Say a Little Prayer," one of her signature collaborations with songwriters Bacharach and Hal David
1968:
Accomplished huge commercial success worldwide with "Do You Know the Way to San Jose"
1969:
Feature acting debut, drama feature "Slaves"
1974:
Released first U.S. No. 1 single "Then Came You"
1979:
Renewed popularity with Barry Manilow produced ballad "I'll Never Love This Way Again"
1980:
Hosted music countdown show "Solid Gold" (Syndicated)
1985:
Joined all-star lineup for successful charity single "We Are the World"
1985:
Recorded AmFAR benefit single "That's What Friends Are For" with Gladys Knight, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder
1990:
Produced and hosted musical variety show "Dionne and Friends"
1991:
Hosted infomercials for Psychic Friends Network alongside psychic Linda Georgian
2004:
Released first holiday album <i>My Favorite Time of the Year</i>
2011:
Appeared on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice"; competed for charity The Hunger Project
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Notes

Founded the Warwick Foundation's Fund (for AIDS education and Pediatric AIDS care)

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son:
David Eliott.
son:
Damon Eliott.

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Dionne Warwick is an African-American singer and winner of numerous awards for music. The early muse of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, she has been a hitmaker over 5 decades and worked with many great record producers. She appeared in a few movies, notably "Slaves" with Stephen Boyd and Ossie Davis, and "Rent A Cop" with Liza Minnelli and Burt Reynolds. Ms. Warwick has done considerable television work over her long career, including music specials and acting parts.

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