Born Patricia Holt. Black singer/actress, onscreen from the '80s.
- As a youngster, she sang solos in the Beulah Baptist Church Choir in southwest Philadelphia.
- Her music groups have included the Ordettes (1960), the Blue Belles (1961-65), Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles (1965-70) and LaBelle (1970-77).
- Her fellow singers in the Blue Belles and Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles were Nona Hendryx, Sarah Dash and Cindy Birdsong, though Birdsong left in 1967 to join The Supremes.
- Appeared in Broadway's Your Arm's Too Short to Box With God alongside Al Green in 1982.
- Made her film debut in 1984's A Soldier's Story.
- Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1993.
- Won a Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
- Received the Songwriters Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
- Has authored Don't Block the Blessings: Lessons of a Lifetime, Patti's Pearls: Lessons on Living Genuinely, Joyfully, Generously and numerous cookbooks.
- Has been a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association, the National Minority AIDS Council and the National Cancer Institute.
- Started selling her own line of sauces, marinades and spices in 2007.