Anna Mae Bullock (born November 26, 1939) better known by her stage name Tina Turner, is a singer, dancer and actress, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards. Born in the United States, she is now Swiss.
She is considered the "Queen of Rock". Turner started out her music career in the mid-1950s modeled after Little Richard as a featured singer with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm, first recording in 1958 under the name Little Ann with the song, "Box Top". Her introduction to the public as Tina Turner began in the early 1960s with Ike as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Success followed with a string of notable hits including "River Deep – Mountain High" (1966) and "Proud Mary" (1971).
Turner later revealed several severe instances of domestic abuse in her autobiography, I, Tina, against her by Ike Turner prior to their 1976 split and subsequent 1978 divorce. Raised a Baptist, Turner melded her faith with Buddhism in 1974, crediting the religion and its spiritual chants for getting her through difficult times in her life. Following her divorce from Ike Turner, she rebuilt her career by constantly performing although she struggled to make an impact on the music charts as a solo artist. Finally in the early 1980s, she launched an astounding comeback with another string of hits starting in 1983 with the single "Let's Stay Together" followed by the 1984 release of her fifth solo album Private Dancer which became a phenomenal success worldwide. "What's Love Got to Do with It," the most popular single from the album, later served as the title of a biographical film about Turner that was adapted from her autobiography. In addition to her music career, Turner has also experienced success in movies, including a role in the 1975 rock musical, Tommy and a starring role in the 1985 Mel Gibson action flick, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, later appearing in a cameo role in the 1993 film, Last Action Hero.