Summer, Donna

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Summer, Donna Gender: F
Donna Adrian Gaines
born on 31 December 1948 at 21:00 (= 9:00 PM )
Place Boston, Massachusetts, 42n22, 71w04
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 10°20' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 29°56 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 06°07'

Donna Summer
photo: Harrywad, license cc-by-sa-3.0


American singer, songwriter and actress who gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s, becoming known as the "Queen of Disco", while her music gained a global following. Her influential disco hits include "Love to Love You Baby" and "I Feel Love". She sold over 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She won five Grammy Awards.

She began her career by singing with a number of Boston rock groups. When she tested for a role in the Broadway production of the musical Hair she was offered instead the lead in the Munich production, 1968. She moved on to the Vienna production in 1971 where she met and married an Austrian actor, Helomut Sommer. She starred in Godspell in Germany in 1973 and found enthusiastic fans for her records in Germany. She gave birth to her daughter Mimi that same year.

Summer worked as a sessions singer and also recorded with the labels of Giorgio Moroder, then Neil Bogart, reaching the top of the U.S. charts in 1976. In January 1979, she won the American Music Award, and was confirmed as the Queen of Disco.

On 16 July 1980, she made a second marriage, to musician Bruce Sudano in Los Angeles. Their daughter Brooklyn was born on 5 January 1981, followed by daughter Amanda Grace born on 11 August 1982.

Extremely religious, she became a born-again-Christian in 1979. In 1985 she bought a farm outside of Los Angeles. Extremely extravagant, she fortunately exhibited and sold her art, neo-primitive paintings and lithographs. At a 1990 exhibit in Beverly Hills, she sold 75 pieces for as much as $38,000 each.

She died in Naples, Florida on 17 May 2012 at age 63 from lung cancer.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Entertainment: Hair (born 17 October 1967). Notes: Played Sheila in 1968 Munich production
  • associate relationship with Minnelli, Liza (born 12 March 1946). Notes: collaborators
  • associate relationship with Moroder, Giorgio (born 26 April 1940). Notes: collaborators
  • associate relationship with Streisand, Barbra (born 24 April 1942). Notes: Music collaborators, duet
  • role played of/by Hils, Karin (born 7 February 1979). Notes: 2020 "Donna Summer Musical"


  • Work : Begin Major Project 1968 (Lead singer in Munich production of "Hair")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1973 (Starred in "Godspell" in Germany)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 16 February 1973 (Birth of daughter, Natalia Pia Melanie Sommer)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Gain social status 1976 (Top of the U.S. charts)
  • Work : Gain social status January 1979 (Won in the American Music Awards)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Relationship : Marriage 16 July 1980 (Second marriage Bruce Sudano)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 5 January 1981 at 6:03 PM in Los Angeles (Birth of daughter, Brooklyn Sudano)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 11 August 1982 (Birth of daughter, Amanda Grace)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Financial : Buy/Sell Property 1985 (Bought farm outside L.A.)
  • Financial : Gain significant money 1990 (Art show, paintings sold high)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis July 2011 (lung cancer diagnosed ten months before death)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Death by Disease 17 May 2012 at 05:00 AM in Key West (lung cancer, died 'early in the morning')
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

B.C. in hand from Frank C. Clifford 6/1996


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Lung
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Interracial
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Bruce Sudano)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (three daughters)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Neo-primitive and lithographs)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (In musical production of "Hair")
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Notable : Awards : Grammy (Five)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (American Music Awards and others)