That girl grew up to become Donna
Most people know about her
Great songs like "Last Dance", Hot Stuff", "On The Radio" and "She
Works Hard For The Money.
What most people don't know is that Donna
started off as Donna Gaines
in a rock band called The Crow.
And that when the band broke up, she
left school to be in the German production of the the musical Hair.
Once in Germany, there was no stopping Donna
Donna Adrian Gaines was born on December 31, 1948 in Boston MA to Andrew and Mary Gaines.
is also grandmother to Vienna Lynn Adrianna Dohler and Savannah Grace Dohler (Mimi's daughters.)
Over the years Donna
has maintained homes in Los Angeles, Connecticut and New York, but currently she
family have homes in Tennessee, Florida and New York City
Some career info...
In 1968 Donna left home to join the German production of Hair.
In 1974 Donna
first European hit with The Hostage.
In 1975 Donna
first American hit with Love To Love You Baby.
has written or co-written a significant number of her
hits and album tracks.
In 1980, Donna became the first artist to sign with the newly formed Geffen records.
Donna is also an accomplished painter whose works sell for thousands and thousands of dollars.
is currently writing a much anticipated Broadway musical called Ordinary Girl which is based on her
has released her
autobiography called: Ordinary Girl: The Journey .
Last Dance won an Academy Award for best Song from a Motion Picture in 1978. (Note, while Donna sang the song - the award went to the songwriter, Paul Jabara) It also earned a Golden Globe Award.
Donna was the only artist ever to guest host Dick Clark's American Bandstand .
Donna is the first female artist to have three number one singles in one year.
She is the only artist to date to have three number one double albums in a row.
To date, Donna
has racked up 11 gold albums and 3 platinum albums (2 of which went double platinum).
has has 12 gold singles and 2 platinum singles. (Check out www.riaa.com for a complete list of certifications.)
has had 14 top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and 4 of those reached number 1.
picked up 3 American Music Awards in 1979 for Favorite Female Vocal Pop or Rock, Favorite Single Pop or Rock (Bad Girls), and Favorite Female Vocalist for Soul Music.
In 1980 Donna
received the NAACP Image Award.
In 1992 Donna
was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.