• Born 11 November 1949 in Detroit, Michigan USA
• Former actress and singer, known for "Black Fist", "Charlie's Angels", "Reform School Girls", and "Toy Soldiers"
• Member of the Gordy family
• Net Worth estimated at over $10 million
• Starred in films such as "Lady Sings The Blues", "Black Fist", "Mahogany", "Little Ladies Of The Night", "Scott Joplin", "D.C. Cab", "My Man Adam" and "Reform School Girls"
• Married to actor Richard Lawson 1979-1989, has 1 son and 1 daughter
Who is Denise Gordy?
Denise Georgette Gordy was born on 11 November 1949 under the zodiac sign of Scorpio, in Detroit, Michigan USA. She’s a 72-year-old former actress and singer, probably still best recognized for her work on “Black Fist”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “Reform School Girls”, and “Toy Soldiers”. She is also known for being a member of the Gordy family.
How rich is she, as of now? Denise Gordy Net Worth
As of early 2022, Denise Gordy’s net worth is estimated at over $10 million, acquired largely through her successful involvement in the world of entertainment.
She garnered over 15 television and film acting credits during the time her career was active from the early 1970s to the early 1990s.
Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background
Denise Gordy spent her early years in her hometown of Detroit. She holds American nationality, belongs to African-American ethnic group, and is a Christian. Denise hasn’t shared any details regarding her educational background.
She hails from a well-known family of music industry executives and businesspeople – her paternal grandparents are Berry ‘Pops’ Gordy Sr. and Bertha Fuller Gordy, her father is George Weldon Gordy, who was a writer and businessman, and her mother is Rosemary Valenti Gordy.
She has six brothers, one named George Gordy Jr., and a sister named Patrice Gordy. Her aunt is the famous record executive and Motown founder Berry Gordy, and another aunt is Anna Ruby Gaye (née Gordy), who was a businesswoman, composer and songwriter.
Denise Gordy launched her professional acting career in her early 1970s by making her debut feature film appearance as a dancer in the nightclub chorus in the Academy Award-nominated 1972 biographical drama film “Lady Sings The Blues”, which follows the life of famous jazz singer Billie Holiday.
Her first starring role came three years later, when she played Bea in the action crime film “Black Fist”, sharing the screen with her now ex-husband Richard Lawson and Annazette Chase – she also performed the song entitled “Let’s Do It Again” for its soundtrack album.
Later that year, she had an uncredited part in the romantic drama film “Mahogany”, next to Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams, directed by her uncle Berry Gordy, and produced by his company Motown Records. The next year, she made guest appearances as a hooker in an episode of the ABC action series “Starsky & Hutch”, and as Nikki in an episode of the cult ABC crime drama series “Charlie’s Angels”.
Rise to Fame
In 1977, Denise Gordy landed the role of a foxy lady in the made-for-TV drama film “Little Ladies Of The Night”, which was the highest-rated TV film of all time at the moment of its release; it was broadcast on ABC, and featured David Soul, Linda Purl and Louis Gossett Jr. During the same year, she played the girl in the biographical film “Scott Joplin”, which was directed by Jeremy Kagan.
She started the next decade with her portrayal of Laura in an episode of the CBS action-comedy series “Enos” (1981). Two years later, she made guest appearances in the NBC primetime soap opera “Bare Essence”, and the ABC sitcom “At Ease”.
Also in 1983, she took the part of Denise in the comedy film “D.C. Cab”, in which she shared the screen with Max Gail, Adam Baldwin and Charlie Barnett in the film written and directed by Joel Schumacher. Thereafter, she played a nurse in an episode of the ABC fantasy drama series “Fantasy Island”, and was cast in a small role in the made-for-TV sports comedy-drama film “Getting Physical”, both in 1984.
Further Work and Retirement
Denise Gordy’s next appearance was in the 1985 comedy film “My Man Adam”, in which she starred in the role of Willette, co-written and directed by the renowned novelist and screenwriter Roger L. Simon.
During the same year, she had a guest part as a rude customer in an episode of the ABC sitcom “It’s A Living”, followed by her portrayal of Claudie in the 1986 prison black comedy film “Reform School Girls”, next to Linda Carol, Wendy O. Williams, and Sybil Danning.
Afterwards, Denise became quite inactive in the search of new projects, and eventually brought her career to an end in 1991, after landing the minor role of a parent in the action film “Toy Soldiers”, directed by Daniel Petrie Jr., since when she’s lived a private life.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Denise Gordy has long dark brown hair and dark brown eyes.
She stands at a height of 5ft 3ins (1.60m), while her weight is around 126lbs (57kgs). Information about her vital statistics, bra, dress and shoe size isn’t available.
Denise Gordy gave birth to her first child, a son named Marvin Gaye III, on 17 November 1965, a few days after her 17th birthday. His biological father is the late legendary singer and songwriter Marvin Gaye, who was married to Denise’s aunt Anna at the time; Denise agreed to give birth to the child because Anna was unable to get pregnant, and shortly after his birth, Marvin and Anna adopted him.
Denise later married actor Richard Lawson, who is known for his work on the supernatural horror film “Poltergeist” (1982) and the NBC two-part sci-fi miniseries “V” (1983). The two tied the knot at a ceremony held on 31 December 1978, and welcomed a daughter named Bianca Lawson on 20 March of the following year, who is also now known as an actress and producer.
After being married for 11 years, Denise and Richard went their separate ways, and divorced in 1989. Since their divorce, the former actress has managed to keep all details about her private life away from the public. Her current relationship status is a mystery; on the other hand, her ex-husband remarried to Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles.