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Della Reese, the 85-year-old actress known for work on Touched by an Angel and in Harlem Nights is reportedly in quite the fight as she deals with the effects of Type II diabetes.
Earlier this month, Reese stepped out to celebrate Touched by an Angel cast member Roma Downey getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. When she appeared, the actress looked much different than she did just two years ago when she starred in the Hallmark movie Signed, Sealed, Delivered in 2014. She was in a wheelchair and seemed to have dropped quite a bit of weight.
According to Radar Online, Reese recently stated that her health is getting worse.
“My life is at stake,” she reportedly said. “I don’t have type 2 diabetes — type 2 diabetes has me.”
After seeing her at the Walk of Fame event, a medical expert told the publication that they believed her weakened state seems to be because of high blood sugar issues, which can lead to nerve and brain damage that can affect the central nervous system.
Her rep, Lynda Bensky, did clear up that Reese isn’t fully wheelchair-bound, but did reportedly say that she “has been in and out of one for years.” Looking at past pictures of Reese, she can be seen using a wheelchair on and off, even walking with a cane in 2013. “As she gets older she doesn’t walk that far,” Bensky said.
Reese was diagnosed with Type II diabetes back in 2000 after collapsing on the set of Touched by an Angel. She told Diabetes Digest in 2014 that after being diagnosed she was upset because she hadn’t done anything to prevent herself from having the disease, often eating recklessly. But soon after her diagnosis, she did what she could to take control of the disease.
“With diet, exercise and medication, I took control of my diabetes,” she told them. “I lost 20 pounds and lowered my blood sugar from between 275 and 300 to between 67 and 110.”
Back in 2003, Reese told USA Today that it was her hope to maintain control of her diabetes so that she could continue to live well. But it seems that things have taken a turn that Reese didn’t want to have to face.
“I learned to do what was necessary because I am fighting for the quality of my life,” Reese said back then. “I don’t want my husband to push me around in a wheelchair. I don’t want someone to lead me around because I’m blind. You don’t have to let your life be destroyed by diabetes. You can reclaim your life.”
If you’re like me, you’re a sucker for Lifetime movies and Holiday films. I don’t care how cliche or predictable, I’m here for it. So I was really excited to learn that on Saturday, while we’re eating all of our Thanksgiving leftovers, we can do so while watching Tatyana Ali in a Lifetime Holiday movie called “Dear Secret Santa.”
Shadow and Act reports that the film follows a newly single Jennifer who moves back to her childhood home. While there she is flooded with memories of her friend Jack who recently passed away. One day Jennifer gets a Christmas card in the mail from a secret admirer. Who calls himself her secret santa. The admirer knows personal details about her life and so she decides to write him back. In fact, his letters remind her of her friend Jack. Throughout the movie she tries to determine who’s been writing her.
You can watch the trailer for the film which stars Della Reese, Bill Cobbs and Jordin Sparks.
The film premieres on Lifetime on Saturday, November 30 at 8/7c.
With the holiday season swiftly approaching, Christmas movies will be taking over television airways in no time. But as opposed to simply replaying the same old classics, TV networks have also been pretty busy producing original holiday films as well. Lifetime recently announced one of their new Christmas movies, starring Tatyana Ali, which is titled Dear Secret Santa. A brief description of the film reads:
“After breaking up with her boyfriend, Jennifer (Ali), moves back to the house she grew up in bringing back memories of her friend Jack, who used to live next door but recently passed away. One day, Jennifer gets a Christmas card from a “Secret Admirer” in her mailbox and becomes curious as to who sent it. The admirer knows so many personal things about her that she decides to write back and is astonished when something they say reminds her of Jack. Is it possible that he is sending her the Christmas cards?”
Tatyana’s co-stars include Jordin Sparks, Della Reese, Bill Cobb, Ernie Hudson and Lamorne Harris.
“It’s a story of coming back home. It’s about true love. It’s about finding your faith again,” Tatyana said of the film.
“I think Jennifer has to learn how to love again and how to be emotional and how to not be afraid of that. I think it’s about family. It’s really sweet and innocent because it’s about the idea that anything can happen. What I should say is the spirit of Christmas. Like, wow, miracles are actually possible. Magic can actually happen,” she continued.
Dear Secret Santa debuts on Lifetime November 30th at 8/7c
Check out a behind-the-scenes look at Dear Secret Santa on the next page.
Though critics would almost unanimously agree that Harlem Nights was a hot mess of a film, black folk absolutely love it. I personally, just saw it for the first time last night and I don’t understand what they missed. Sure it might not have been chock-full of Oscar worthy performances but it was a great story, hilarious dialogue between the characters and I’m sure you all have noticed that it was shot beautifully. It’s easily a cult classic. You know the movie, so let’s dig into the behind the scenes details.