Denise Gordy

Denise Georgette Gordy[1] (born November 11, 1949) is an American former film and television actor and singer.

Denise Gordy
Denise Georgette Gordy[1]

(1949-11-11) November 11, 1949 (age 70)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active1972–1991
(m. 1978; div. 1989)
Children2, including Bianca Lawson

Family and careerEdit

Born Denise Georgette Gordy in Detroit, Michigan, Gordy is the daughter of George and Rosemary Gordy and sister of Patrice and George Gordy, Jr., among others. Motown founder Berry Gordy is her uncle; her aunt is Anna Gordy Gaye. Gordy has appeared in numerous television and theatrical features, beginning in 1972 with Lady Sings the Blues as a dancer in the nightclub chorus.[3] In 1974, Gordy appeared in Black Fist and ending most recently with Toy Soldiers in 1991. Gordy also has contributed vocals to the soundtrack album for the film Black Fist, which was originally titled Bogard, as well as recording the song "Let's Do It Again" for that same movie.

Personal lifeEdit

Gordy was married to actor Richard Lawson from December 31, 1978[2] until 1989. They share one child, actress Bianca Lawson. Gordy is also the biological mother of Marvin Gaye III, who was born November 17, 1966 when Gordy was 17 years old.[4][5] His father, then–27-year-old singer Marvin Gaye, was married to Gordy's aunt Anna at the time.[6] Shortly after Marvin III's birth, Anna adopted him.[7] [8][9]


Film and television
Year Show Role Notes
1972 Lady Sings the Blues Dancer Film
1974 Black Fist Bea Film
1975 Mahogany Uncredited role Film
1976 Starsky & Hutch Hooker TV series
1976 Charlie's Angels Nikki TV series
1977 Little Ladies of the Night Foxy Lady TV film
1977 Scott Joplin The Girl Film
1981 Enos Laura TV series
1983 At Ease Commando Girl TV series
1983 Bare Essence TV series
1983 D.C. Cab Denise Film
1984 Fantasy Island 1st Nurse TV series
1984 Getting Physical Video Lady No. 2 TV film
1985 My Man Adam Willette Film
1985 It's a Living Customer TV series
1986 Reform School Girls Claudie Film
1991 Toy Soldiers Parent Film


  1. ^ a b Lawson, Bianca. "In light of it being #womenshistorymonth and the month of my born day, I'd like to honor the most important and influential woman in my life, my mother, Denise Georgette Gordy. We both almost died giving birth to me, but she pushed us through! She's THAT powerful. Mom, you are a force to be reckoned with, my guide and my light. So grateful our souls chose each other this incarnation". Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956–2005 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2007.
  3. ^ "Gordy's Niece Makes Film Debut in 'Blues'". Google Books/JET Magazine. February 3, 1972. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Turner 1998, p. 88.
  5. ^ Never a Dull Moment: 1971 The Year That Rock Exploded – By David Hepworth
  6. ^ Marvin Gaye's biological son
  7. ^ Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye – By Michael Eric Dyson
  8. ^ Brozan, Nadine (April 1, 1995). "Chronicle: New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved August 29, 2008.
  9. ^ "Marvin Gaye III's Financial Trouble". Retrieved February 1, 2013.

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