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Tina Turner

Tina Turner

Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock; November 26, 1939) is an American singer and actress whose career has spanned more than 50 years, 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 but converted to Buddhism and credits the spiritual chants with giving her the strength she needed to get through difficult times. After virtually disappearing from the music scene for several years following her divorce from Ike Turner, she rebuilt her career, 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.. Anna Mae Bullock was born in Nutbush, an unincorporated area in Haywood County, Tennessee, on November 26, 1939, the daughter of Zelma Bullock (née Currie), a factory worker, and Floyd Richard Bullock, a Baptist deacon, farm overseer, and factory worker. She long believed her mother had significant Native American ancestry, specifically Navajo and Cherokee; however, a DNA test showed her to be 66% African American, 33% European and 1% Native American. She attended the local Flag Grove School, the land for which had been sold below market value to the school trustees by her great-great-uncle in 1889. Ann's older sister was named (Ruby) Aillene. As a young girl, she recalls her and her sister having a job as sharecroppers picking up cotton with their parents. For a time during World War II, their parents relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee to do factory work. By the time of their return to Nutbush, they separated and later divorced following an abusive marriage. Zelma Bullock later relocated to St. Louis, Missouri. Floyd Bullock moved to Detroit, Michigan and later settled in California.. Ann and her sister relocated to Brownsville, Tennessee where they were raised by their grandmother. She performed on several talent shows as a child and sang at her church choir. She was raised Baptist and lived most of her childhood as a tomboy participating in her high school's basketball team. When she was 14, she began work as a domestic for a family in Ripley. This continued until she was 16, when her half-sister Evelyn was killed in a car crash, followed by the death of her grandmother around the same time. After her mother returned from St. Louis to attend her funeral, she invited her daughter to move with her in St. Louis, where Ann and her sister reunited. In St. Louis, she attended Sumner High School. She graduated in 1958 and subsequently found work as a nurse's aide at Barnes-Jewish Hospital....
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