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Also Known As: Died: May 17, 2012
Born: December 31, 1948 Cause of Death: Lung Cancer
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Profession: Music ...
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Began singing at her local church in Boston, MA
1967:
Auditioned for a role in the Broadway musical "Hair"; did not land Broadway production, but joined the German touring company
1974:
Released debut album <i>Lady of the Night</i>; not released in the U.S., but yielded European hit single "The Hostage"
1975:
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
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Met producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte while singing backup for Three Dog Night
1977:
Released the hit albums <i>I Remember Yesterday</i> (featuring "I Feel Love") and <i>Once Upon a Time</i>
1978:
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
1978:
Earned first No. 1 in the U.S. with a cover of the Richard Harris ballad "MacArthur Park"
1979:
Released the highly successful <i>Bad Girls</i>, which included No. 1 singles "Bad Girls" and "Hot Stuff"
1980:
Recorded first non-disco album, the rock and New Wave-influenced <i>The Wanderer</i>
1983:
Returned to her dance roots with the hit title track off <i>She Works Hard for the Money</i>
1989:
Made a comeback with "This Time I Know It's For Real"; single reached Top 10 in U.S. and Europe
1994:
Celebrated her gospel beginnings with the holiday release <i>Christmas Spirit</i>
1994:
Guest starred on ABC sitcom "Family Matters" as Steve Urkel's (Jaleel White) aunt
1999:
Appeared on the televised special "VH1 Presents Donna Summer: Live and More... Encore!"
2004:
Inducted to the Dance Music Hall of Fame alongside The Bee Gees
2008:
Released first album in 14 years, <i>Crayons</i>
2009:
Performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway in honor of President Barack Obama
2012:
Announced as an inductee (posthumous) into the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Popular songs include "Hot Stuff" and "Last Dance".

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