Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Tina Turner Turns 80: “I look great, I feel good, I’ve gone through some very serious sicknesses that I’m overcoming…It’s like a second chance at life”


The world loves Tina Turner. Today Anna Mae Bullock turns 80 years old. She celebrated by releasing a video on social media. It’s below. She’s happy and healthy she says after going through “some very sicknesses that I’m overcoming.”

Tina is the subject of a new hit Broadway musical called, appropriately, “Tina!” She’s also had a bestselling memoir called “I, Tina” and a hit movie with many Oscar nominations called “What’s Love Got To do With It?” She’s had two great careers, one with her domestic abuser of a husband, Ike Turner, and one even better on her own.

But is Tina well? She admits to those sicknesses. I’ve heard that she’s struggling with kidney disease. At the premiere of “Tina!” she was fragile but she got on stage with the cast and made a wonderful speech. She did not attend the show’s celebratory after party.

Tina owes us nothing. We owe her– a massive happy birthday and a big thank you for a lifetime of entertaining us. She’s still not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. Maybe that can be rectified.

Here’s the song and video that brought Tina back in 1984. It’s a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” produced by the guys from Heaven 17. They also had a hit in the UK with the Beatles’ “Help.” This was before “What’s Love Got to Do with It.”

Here’s Tina’s birthday message:

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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