Turner, Tina

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Turner, Tina Gender: F
Anna Mae Bullock
born on 26 November 1939 at 22:10 (= 10:10 PM )
Place Brownsville (Haywood County), Tennessee, 35n36, 89w16
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Clifford
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 04°01' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 07°14 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 17°30'

Tina Turner
photo: TimDuncan, license cc-by-sa-3.0


American-Swiss singer, dancer and actress, a pop icon known as the "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll," noted for her enormous talent, unstoppable energy, gravelly vocals, sensuality and swagger along with world-class long legs. She began her career with Ike Turner in 1957 then as the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, 1960-1976. Their hits included "River Deep – Mountain High", "Proud Mary", and "Nutbush City Limits." In the 1980s, Turner, now a solo performer, launched "one of the greatest comebacks in music history". Her 1984 multi-platinum album Private Dancer contained the hit song "What's Love Got to Do with It", which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and became her first and only number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100. Her chart success continued with "Better Be Good to Me", "Private Dancer", "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)", "The Best", "I Don't Wanna Fight", and "GoldenEye".

Turner acted in the films Tommy (1975) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985). In 1993, What's Love Got to Do with It, a biographical film adapted from her 1987 autobiography I, Tina: My Life Story, was released. In 2009, Turner retired after completing her "Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour," which was the 15th-highest-grossing tour of the 2000s. In 2018, she became the subject of the jukebox musical Tina.

Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Turner is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. She received 12 Grammy Awards, which include eight competitive awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1967, she was the first black artist and first woman to be on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine which later ranked her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Turner had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame. She was twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Ike Turner in 1991 and as a solo artist in 2021. She was also a 2005 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and Women of the Year award.

The daughter of a sharecropper, she picked strawberries and cotton as soon as she was able. While her mom and dad fought, she wandered in the fields, a loner playing in nature with the wind and the animals. When she was three, she and her older sister, Alline, were farmed out to grandparents for two years. In 1950, her mom left and three years later, so did dad. In her 1987 autobiography, I, Tina she wrote that "I cried and cried but it didn't do any good. It never does, you know."

She began singing with Ike Turner's group, The Kings of Rhythm in the late '50s, where Ike renamed her Tina. Almost immediately, she also got pregnant. Abandoned by her lover, a band member, and with a new son, Craig, born 1958, to support, she worked days at the local hospital and nights with the band. In 1962 she and Ike were married; their son, Ronnie, had been born in 1960.

They also had two boys of Ike's from a former relationship. Ike beat her up for 16 years before she finally got out in 1978 after a particularly brutal beating in the back seat of a limo. She took years of abuse, Ike's coke habit and blatant infidelities, finally running away with 36 cents in her pocket. She lived on food stamps but would take nothing from Ike, hiding from him while she repaid her protectors by cleaning their houses.

A Buddhist, she tried to live according to her faith, raising their kids and worked as hard as she could. Even when Ike sent the four boys to live with her, along with their bedding and pets but no money, she stayed focused on what she needed to do. Furs, jewels, limo's were a thing of the past and she was back below square one. A near-fatal bout of tuberculosis several years earlier also had some debilitating after-effects.

Turner began booking dates gradually, in debt and struggling upward for six tough years before she began hitting the charts in 1983. In 1984, she hit the top of the charts in England with her album Private Dancer. In the U.S., the album remained in the top 100 for more than two years and ultimately sold 10 million copies around the world.

In the 1975 British rock opera film Tommy she played the Acid Queen, a drug-addicted prostitute; her performance was critically acclaimed. Turner acted in the film Mad Max in 1985, did commercial ads and performed music duos with top stars. In 1993, a movie came out about her life, What's Love Got To Do With It? By then, she was living in Germany with 37-year-old managing director of EMI records, German division, Erwin Bach, born 24 January 1956.

At the end of the '90s, Turner was more vivid than ever with her electric shock of hair and long legs sheathed in the pantyhose that she advertised topping spiked heels. A lady who paid her dues with courage and class, she was still galvanizing audiences with her bristling energy and husky voice.

At 60, life was better than ever. She had two homes in Europe, a man who cared about her and a core of stability and integrity that was perhaps her greatest success story. While in Zurich she announced her retirement on 30 June 2000 at age 60. Her representative said, "She wants to go out on top, while at her best." A wonderful description of an amazing woman. In 2000, her 95 concerts took in $80.2 million.

In 2012, after living in Switzerland for 20 years, Turner applied for Swiss citizenship which was granted on 22 April 2013 and renounced her American citizenship.

Turner had kidney transplant surgery on 7 April 2017. Following a long illness, including cancer, strokes, and kidney failure in her final years, Turner died on 24 May 2023 at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland, aged 83.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Bonnie Bramlett (born 8 November 1944). Notes: Members of The Ikettes
  • associate relationship with Gibson, Mel (born 3 January 1956). Notes: Co-stars in 1985 film "Mad Max"
  • associate relationship with Shende, Sawani (born 18 August 1979). Notes: Bandmates in Beyond, 2014-2020
  • business associate/partner relationship with Barnes, Jimmy (born 28 April 1956). Notes: Released a duet version of "Simply The Best"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Spector, Phil (born 26 December 1939)
  • spouse relationship with Turner, Ike (born 5 November 1931). Notes: Married 1962-1978


  • Relationship : First Sex 1955 (Reported first sex at 15 with high school boy)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 20 August 1958 (Gave birth to son Raymond Craig)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1960 (First album published with Ike)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 27 October 1960 (Gave birth to son Ronald "Ronnie" Renelle Turner)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 26 November 1962 (Ike Turner)
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  • Work : Begin Major Project 7 March 1966 in Hollywood (Recorded "River Deep, Mountain High" with Phil Spector)
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  • Mental Health : Depressive episode 1968 (Attempted suicide, valium overdose)
  • Relationship : End significant relationship 4 July 1976 in Dallas (Left Ike Turner)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 29 March 1978 (Ending 16 years of common-law marriage to Ike)
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  • Work : Gain social status 1983 (Started hitting the charts again)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 28 February 1984 ("Private Dancer" album released)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1985 (Film"Mad Max" released)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1987 (Autobiography "I, Tina")
  • Work : Prize 1991 (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
  • Work : Gain social status 1993 (Movie made of her life)
  • Work : Retired 30 June 2000 in Zürich (Announced retirement at end of the year's tour)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 7 April 2017 (Kidney transplant)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released October 2018 (Memoir, "My Love Story")
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  • Death of Child 8 December 2022 (Her son Ronnie, colon cancer)
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Source Notes

B.C. in hand from Frank C. Clifford; actually a "hand written and signed birth note from the registrar" according to Clifford.


  • Traits : Body : Race (Mixed, mostly African, 33% European, 1% Native American)
  • Traits : Body : Size (Noted for great legs)
  • Traits : Body : Voice/Speech (Husky, powerful singer)
  • Traits : Personality : Courageous
  • Traits : Personality : Persistent
  • Traits : Personality : Personality robust (Became stong after divorce)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Intestinal)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (Kidney transplant)
  • Family : Childhood : Family distant
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Youngest of three girls)
  • Family : Childhood : Parent, Single or Step (Raised by grandparents)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (16 years with Ike)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Age difference more than 15 yrs (Erwin Bach 16 years her junior)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Ike Turner)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Chronic misery (Husband coke addict, unfaithful)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Domestic violence (Physically/verbally abused)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Extramarital affairs (Ike continually unfaithful)
  • Family : Parenting : Hardship - Little money (Struggle to support kids after divorce)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four sons)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work (International tours)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Extreme ups and downs (Rock-star to food stamps to superstar)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (U.S. to Germany and Switzerland)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Eastern (Buddhist)
  • Personal : Birth : Abandoned
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 83)
  • Personal : Death : Suicide Attempt (1968 overdose)
  • Personal : Misc. : Changed name (Stage name)
  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Advertising (Pantyhose "Sheer Energy" rep)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film, secondary)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Concerts, cabaret shows)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Night Club/ Vaudeville (Las Vegas cabaret shows)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Ike and Tina Turner)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (Rhythm and blues)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Other Entertain/Music (TV music videos)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("I, Tina"; "My Love Story")
  • Notable : Awards : Grammy (Twelve)
  • Notable : Awards : Guinness Book of Records
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Rock and Roll)
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women