Today in history, December 31, 1948, singer/song writer, Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines), dubbed the queen of disco in the 1970s, was born in Boston, MA.
A 5-time Grammy Award winner, she was the first artist to have 3 consecutive double albums reach number one on the USA Billboard chart, and she also charted 4 number-one singles in the USA within a 13-month period.
63 years after her birth, diagnosed with lung cancer, Summer died earlier this year, on May 17, 2012, at her home in Naples, Florida, after a battle with the disease. And earlier this month, it was announced that she would be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
And also earlier this year, months after her death, in September, actress Tasha Smith gave an interview to The Grio, discussing her various commercial ventures, including her work with Tyler Perry (TV and film); and in that interview, when asked what her dream movie role would be, Smith responded:
I want to play Donna Summer.
When asked whether she could sing, she replied:
No I don’t, but neither did Angela Bassett when she played Tina Turner.
Touché Ms Smith… touché!
I suppose there’s a bit of a resemblance between Smith and Summer, so I can visualize her as the late singer.
What I’m not really qualified to comment on is whether she has the acting talent to impress in a performance. I’ve only seen the work she’s done for Tyler Perry, as well as with the Akils in Jumping The Broom, and it’s been all mostly one-note – which could be more of a factor of the writing and the roles she’s being offered, than her ability.
It seems like when a role calls for a sassy, bossy, saucy, loud black woman, she’s probably on every casting director’s short list.
So maybe if given the opportunity to stretch, and show range, she’d really surprise us… I don’t know.
However, I wouldn’t hold my breath for a Donna Summer movie though… unless there’s currently one in the works that we don’t know about.