Dionne Warwick

Dionne Warwick
Warwick in concert
BornMarie Dionne Warrick
(1940-12-12) December 12, 1940 (age 77)
Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
EducationEast Orange High School
Alma materUniversity of Hartford Hartt School
  • Singer
  • actress
Years active1959–present
William Elliott
(m. 1966; div. 1967)

(m. 1967; div. 1975)
ChildrenDavid Elliott
Damon Elliott
RelativesDee Dee Warwick (sister)
Cissy Houston (maternal aunt)
Whitney Houston
(maternal first cousin)
Gary Garland
(maternal first cousin)
Bobbi Kristina Brown (maternal first cousin once removed)
Leontyne Price
(maternal cousin)
Musical career
Associated acts

Marie Dionne Warwick (k/; née Warrick; born December 12, 1940) is an American singer, actress and television show host, who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United States Ambassador of Health.

Warwick ranks among the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era, based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. She is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most-charted female vocalist of all time, with 56 of Warwick's singles making the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998 and 80 singles making all Billboard charts combined.[1]

Early life

Marie Dionne Warrick, later Warwick, was born on December 12, 1940 in Orange, New Jersey, to Mancel Warrick and Lee Drinkard. Her mother was manager of the Drinkard Singers, and her father was a Pullman porter, chef, record promoter and CPA. Dionne was named after her aunt on her mother's side.[2] She had a sister, Delia ("Dee Dee"), who died in 2008 and a brother, Mancel Jr., who was killed in an accident in 1968 at age 21. Her parents were both African American, and she also has Native American, Brazilian and Dutch ancestry.[3]

She was raised in East Orange, New Jersey and was also a Girl Scout for a period of time. After finishing East Orange High School in 1959, Warwick pursued her passion at the Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut.[4] She also landed some work with her group singing backing vocals for recording sessions in New York City. During one session, Warwick met Burt Bacharach, who hired her to record demos featuring songs written by him and lyricist Hal David. She later landed her own record deal.[5]

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