Patti LaBelle (1944- ) truly knows the entertainment business inside and out. In a career now spanning 60 years, she has worked as a singer; a songwriter; an actress on stage, screen, and television; an author; and an entrepreneur with her own line of foods. Often referred to as the Godmother of Soul, she is best known for such hits as “Lady Marmalade”; “You Are My Friend”; and “On My Own,” which she recorded with
Michael McDonald.