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Anna Mae Bullock (born November 26, 1939), better known by her stage name Tina Turner, is an American singer and actress whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards. Turner started out her music career with husband Ike Turner as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Success followed with a string of notable hits including "River Deep - Mountain High" (1966) and "Proud Mary" (1971). With the publication of her autobiography I, Tina in 1986, Turner revealed severe instances of domestic violence against her by Ike Turner prior to their 1976 split and subsequent 1978 divorce. Turner was raised a Baptist and later converted to the Buddhist faith, crediting the religion and its spiritual chants with giving her the strength she needed to get through difficult times. Following her divorce from Ike Turner, she rebuilt her career by constantly performing, eventually launching another series of hits starting in 1983 with the single "Let's Stay Together" and the 1984 release of her fifth solo album Private Dancer. "What's Love Got to Do with It," the most popular single from the album, would later serve as the title of a biographical film about Turner that was adapted from her autobiography.
Turner's musical career has led her to several onscreen roles, the first of which was a prominent turn as The Acid Queen in the 1975 film Tommy and an appearance in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978). She starred opposite Mel Gibson as Aunty Entity in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) for which she received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, and her rendering of the film's theme, "We Don't Need Another Hero", was a hit single. She also appeared in the 1993 film Last Action Hero.
One of the world's most popular entertainers, Turner has been called the most successful female rock artist, and was named "one of the greatest singers of all time" by Rolling Stone. Her combined album and single sales total approximately 180 million copies worldwide. She is known for her energetic stage presence, powerful vocals, career longevity, and widespread appeal. In 2008, Turner left semi-retirement to embark on her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour. Turner's tour became one of the highest selling ticketed shows of 2008-2009. Rolling Stone ranked her at 63 on their 100 greatest artists of all time and considers her the "Queen of Rock and Roll".Wide ThumbClearartFanartBanner User Comments