Denise Gordy is a famous former American actress. The star has a long streak of movie credits to her name, but this famed actress at one point decided she was done with acting and hung her gloves, so to speak. She is part of the Gordy family, a family filled with the music industry and business executives. Here are all the facts you need to know about her.
Denise Gordy Bio
Denise Gordy was born on the 11th of November, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan. She is the daughter of George and Rosemary Gordy, and the sister of several siblings including Gregory, Patrice, and Phillip Gordy. Thanks to her family name, Denise Gordy has been involved with entertainment in one form or the other. Motown founder and music executive Berry Gordy Jr. is her uncle, and she’s also related to composer, songwriter and businesswoman Anna Gordy Gaye.
As early as 1972, Denise Gordy began appearing in theatrical and television productions. Her film debut was thanks to the drama film about Billie Holiday titled Lady Sings the Blues. Her next film role was in the 1974 blaxploitation movie Black Fist, where she portrayed the character, Bea. She also lent her voice to the official soundtrack of the movie as the song Let’s Do It Again in the soundtrack album was recorded by her. Denise Gordy appeared in several films as the years went by, getting an uncredited role in the 1975 movie Mahogany before getting credited roles in the 1976 TV series Starsky & Hutch and Charlie’s Angels.
Denise Gordy didn’t stop there, though. The following year, she was in films Little Ladies of the Night and Scott Joplin. 1981 saw her return to TV series in Enos, and two years later she would appear in At Ease and Bare Essence. Other works that Denise Gordy got roles for include: D.C. Cab (1983), Fantasy Island (1984), Getting Physical (1984), My Man Adam (1985), It’s a Living (1985), and Reform School Girls (1986). She didn’t appear in any project until the 1991 drama thriller movie Toy Soldiers, which ended up being her last major appearance on television before she quit acting.
Her Family: Is She Related to Berry Gordy?
Denise Gordy is part of the Gordy family, a big African-American family that is heavily involved in the world of business and music production. The family was started by Berry ‘Pops’ Gordy Sr. and Bertha Fuller Gordy, two people from the state of Georgia. The Gordy family began when Berry and Bertha settled in Detroit and began to raise their children, several of which became very instrumental in the acceptance of rhythm and blues as a phenomenon in the 1960s. The founding parents were heavily into commerce, owning several businesses and a construction firm. Berry Sr. was also instrumental in mentoring several musicians that would eventually integrate themselves into Motown Records.
Denise Gordy is the granddaughter of Berry Gordy Sr. She is also related to Berry Gordy Jr., the former boxer and jazz record store owner who would eventually become the pioneer of Motown Records Label. Berry Jr. started Motown Records after getting tired of not being paid royalties as a member of Jackie Wilson’s writing team. Using an $800 loan from his sister Esther, he formed the label under the name Tamla Records in January 1959. The label found national success after the acclaim of Barrett Strong’s Money (That’s What I Want). In December of the same year, the record label changed its name to Motown Records. Berry Gordy Jr. became the first-ever African-American to own a major record label.
Husband and Kids
Denise Gordy was married to actor Richard Lawson from the 31st of December, 1978 till 1989. Together the couple gave birth to actress Bianca Lawson. Denise Gordy is also the biological mother of Marvin Gaye III born on the 17th of November, 1966. However, she was 17 years old at the time of birth and her aunt Anna Gordy Gaye adopted Marvin Gaye III as her own son.
Denise Gordy’s Net Worth
With her career in the television industry and other ventures she has been involved with thanks to the business-oriented nature of her family, Denise Gordy is estimated to be worth about $10 million.