Began singing at her local church in Boston, MA
Auditioned for a role in the Broadway musical "Hair"; did not land Broadway production, but joined the German touring company
Released debut album <i>Lady of the Night</i>; not released in the U.S., but yielded European hit single "The Hostage"
Recorded disco track "Love to Love You Baby," co-written with Moroder and Bellotte; single peaked at No. 2 on the <i>Billboard</i> Hot 100
Met producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte while singing backup for Three Dog Night
Released the hit albums <i>I Remember Yesterday</i> (featuring "I Feel Love") and <i>Once Upon a Time</i>
Made feature acting debut in "Thank God It's Friday"; won the Oscar for Best Original Song for "Last Dance" off the film's soundtrack
Earned first No. 1 in the U.S. with a cover of the Richard Harris ballad "MacArthur Park"
Released the highly successful <i>Bad Girls</i>, which included No. 1 singles "Bad Girls" and "Hot Stuff"
Recorded first non-disco album, the rock and New Wave-influenced <i>The Wanderer</i>
Returned to her dance roots with the hit title track off <i>She Works Hard for the Money</i>
Made a comeback with "This Time I Know It's For Real"; single reached Top 10 in U.S. and Europe
Celebrated her gospel beginnings with the holiday release <i>Christmas Spirit</i>
Guest starred on ABC sitcom "Family Matters" as Steve Urkel's (Jaleel White) aunt
Appeared on the televised special "VH1 Presents Donna Summer: Live and More... Encore!"
Inducted to the Dance Music Hall of Fame alongside The Bee Gees
Released first album in 14 years, <i>Crayons</i>
Performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway in honor of President Barack Obama
Announced as an inductee (posthumous) into the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Popular songs include "Hot Stuff" and "Last Dance".