Turner is known as a consummate professional when it comes to recording. Rupert Hine
, who did songwriting and production work on 3 of her '80s albums, told us: "She's extremely special and I've never ever witnessed such a one-take wonder as Tina Turner. And that's because she approaches things in such a diligent way and she 'owns the song' - that's the phrase she used to use, which basically means she sings along with it at home. I give her a songwriter's demo and then she'll sing it in her key. And then the point where she sings along with the tape and she feels she's got it, it's now her song. Then she'll call me up and say, 'Okay, it's my song now. I'm ready.' Then I literally go and pick her up, take her to the studio, and with not even a cup of tea or any sort of small talk, she'll go straight up to the microphone and give it one take. She'd be professionally happy to give you as many takes as you'd like, but you don't need it. The one take is just extraordinary. And if you ask her how she does that, she says, 'I do it the same way I do all my live vocals. When I go up and stand in front of a quarter of a million people in Brazil and sing at one concert, each song I only sing once.'"
The 1993 movie What's Love Got To Do With It is about her life. Angela Bassett stars as Turner.
Her real name is Anna Mae Bullock. Ike Turner convinced her to change it, and he like the name Tina because it sounded like "Sheena," who was queen of the jungle.
She married bandleader Ike Turner in 1958. She divorced him in 1978 after years of abuse. She had four children with Ike. She took nothing in the divorce and supported them on her own, briefly living on food stamps.
A 24-year-old Bryan Adams
was her support act on Turner's Private Dancer tour, and would perform "It's Only Love
" with Tina on stage. Adams told us: "I used to go to see her in the clubs when I was in my late teens/early 20s before she hit the big time. It was incredible to watch her. Amazingly when we toured together years later, I never saw Tina walk through a performance, she always put on a great show, and was gracious and grateful to her audience."
She sang with Mick Jagger at Live Aid in 1985. In the '60s, she and Ike toured with The Rolling Stones in the US. Turner complained later that Mick Jagger had stolen many of her dance moves.
In 1985, she acted with Mel Gibson in the movie Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, and also sang the theme song. Other movies she's appeared in: The Big T.N.T. Show (1966), Gimme Shelter (1970), It's Your Thing (1970), Tommy (1975), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) and Last Action Hero (1993).
Tina's hair fell out in 1960 after she tried to bleach it - she's been wearing wigs ever since.
Her nose was surgically reconstructed after it was repeatedly broken by Ike. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 2)
She was a cheerleader and played on the girl's basketball team while in high school. (thanks, Chantrelle - Hattiesburg, MS)
Turner has been a practicing Buddhist since 1975.
She is part Navajo and part Cherokee. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
At the Grammy awards in 2008, Tina was the subject of a tribute where she performed "Proud Mary
" with Beyonce, who introduced Tina Turner as "The Queen." The introduction didn't go over well with Aretha Franklin, who is known as the "Queen Of Soul." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
She had the highest grossing tour in the year 2000. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Tina was the top grossing act of the year 2000. Her farewell tour made $80 Million in 95 performances.
Tina Turner married German music producer Erwin Bach in a discreet civil ceremony on the banks of Lake Zurich in the summer of 2013. David Bowie
and talk show impresario Oprah Winfrey were among the more than 120 guests who were invited for a private celebration at her lakeside chateau.
Tina Turner's legs were described by George W. Bush as "the most famous in show business."