Meet Dionne Warwick ahead of her new HBO documentary

DIONNE Warwick has been a musical and cultural icon for decades, and the singer isn’t ready to slow down.

A journey through the life and career of the American singer who stars in a 90-minute stretch on HBO Max in a new documentary entitled Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over.

Dionne Warwick is a legendary singer and cultural icon


Dionne Warwick is a legendary singer and cultural iconCredit: EPA

Who is Dionne Warwick?

Dionne Warwick was born on December 12, 1940 in Orange, New Jersey, making her age 82.

In addition to being a singer, she is also an actress, television personality and, more recently, a Twitter star.

Dionne comes from a musical family — she began singing gospel music as a child at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.

She is also the cousin of the late singer Whitney Houston; Her aunt is gospel singer Cissy Houston, mother of Whitney Houston.

Dionne is best known for challenging the racial barriers between African American women and popular music.

Before her, black women were only known for singing R&B and gospel music, but that changed forever when she won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Music in 1968.

She is also known for her work as an activist, including her work as a former United Nations Global Ambassador to the Food and Agriculture Organization and Health Ambassador of the United States.

She has been outspoken about the HIV and AIDS crisis and has donated millions of dollars to research to that end, publicly donating all the money she made from her song “That’s What Friends Are For” to the disease .

Dionne’s most famous hits are: Walk On By, Alfie, That’s What Friends Are For, Don’t Make Me Over, I’ll Never Love This Way Again and Do You Know the Way to San Jose.

Did Dionne win any Grammy Awards?

Dionne is a five-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist.

She released two albums in 2019 and won a Grammy for lifetime achievement.

Dionne is currently in the middle of her One Last Time tour, although she hasn’t announced if it will actually be her last.

In an interview with The New York Times, Dionne said she’d move to Brazil when she was ready to retire — but that’s clearly not today.

She told the outlet that the name for her documentary came from her very first recording, a song called Don’t Make Me
Over, which is also one of the first things she recalls saying about her songwriting and producing duo, Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

She said she told them, “This was something they could never do. Don’t even try to change or transform me.”

Dionne Warwick has long been a public health advocate


Dionne Warwick has long been a public health advocatePhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

What can we expect from Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over?

The documentary first aired on CNN and is now available on HBO Max.

The documentary features interviews with Snoop Dogg, Bill Clinton, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys, among other stars the singer has touched.

The film marks the beginning of Dionne’s career in the New Jersey Baptist Church and chronicles more than 60 years of her accomplishments.

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Dionne is also hoping for the documentary.

As she told the Times, “I hope that people will finally get to know me and not think they know me. You will meet Dionne. I am as human as everyone else.” Meet Dionne Warwick ahead of her new HBO documentary


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