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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Teena Marie

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Famous For:
Lovergirl, Deja Vu, Behind the Groove
Networth:
$3 Million
Currently Known For:
Deceased
Famous Years:
1979 - 2010
Birthdate:
March 5, 1956
Teena Marie


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  Famous For:
Lovergirl, Deja Vu, Behind the Groove

  Networth:
$3 Million

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During much of the 1980s, Teena Marie was one of the most famous names in all of R&B. With a soulful voice and an incredible stage presence, Marie was at the top of her game throughout her entire life. Working closely with other legends in the genre, Marie really stood out and she found success for a very long time. It’s been nearly a decade since she’s passed away after struggling from health problems, but her legacy in music still remains a strong one to this day.Advertisements:


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Marie was born as Mary Christine Brockert on March 5, 1956 in Santa Monica, California, but usually went by Tina while growing up (and eventually changed to Teena). Almost as soon as she could speak, Marie was able to display her vocal talent, and even got into acting a bit during her childhood. “I would walk down the hall with my guitar and play for anyone that would listen,” Marie said of her early years. “As a young kid I was really driven and I was going to make it happen no matter what.”

It was the musical talent that really stood out, and in Southern California created a band during the early to mid 1970s when she met with executives at Motown Records. With her amazing voice, the powers that be decided that Marie would work as a solo act, and started to groom her for a career in the big time. In 1979, Marie released her first album with “Wild and Peaceful”, which found the top 100 on the Billboard charts, including the debut single “I’m a Sucker For Your Love” that became a top 10 hit on the R&B charts.

Marie then released a pair of albums in 1980 with “Lady T’ and “Irons in the Fire” that both became smash hits backed by hit singles such as “I Need Your Lovin”, “Square Biz” and “Behind the Groove”. She continued to release albums throughout the 1980s, with five more coming. Some of her biggest hits of the era included “Lovergirl”, “Work It” and “Ooo La La La” that became her first song to reach number one on the R&B charts.

Though she didn’t release many singles after the mis 1990s, Marie continued to release music up until the late 2000s. This included charting songs like “Here’s Looking at You”, “If I Were a Bell” and “Still in Love”. Her most recent albums also included “La Dona”, “Sapphire” and ‘Congo Square”, with a posthumous album being released in 2013 with “Beautiful”.

“I still have a passion for the music, which is such a beautiful thing,” she said. “I still wake up in the middle of the night out of a dream and have a melody in my head, and run to my piano...It’s just that my life has been a blessing, and I thank God every day for the gifts that he has given me.”

Marie’s death wasn’t the result of anything self-inflicted, but rather a stroke of terrible luck. In the early 2000s, Marie was at a hotel and was fast asleep on her bed when a large frame that had been hanging on the wall above fell down and landed on Marie’s head. This caused head trauma for Marie, giving her a concussion and for her final years she suffered from occasional seizures.

Marie still lived for six more years after the hotel accident, though. On the day after Christmas in 2010, however, Marie was at her home in Pasadena, California when her daughter had found her unconscious and was unable to revive her. She passed away at the age of 54 on that day, with the official cause of death being listed as natural causes that were likely brought on by the seizures she suffered as a result of the picture frame falling as she suffered another seizure in the ambulance en route to the hospital.

She hadn’t been taken much of the medication that she had been prescribed to control the seizures, which some experts explain is part of the reason for her death. Up to her dying days, Marie had still been giving her heart and soul into her performances. “It was a breath of fresh air to be around somebody who, after so many years, still had a passion to be on stage for the love of music,” said singer and actor Tyrese.

Many others paid their respects following the news of her death. Cindy Herron of En Vogue added that “It’s a loss for those who love her music, but also the music world. She still had so much to offer...she’s such a showman. She still had a great command of the audience; her musicianship and her singing ability.”

Among others that commented included Lionel Richie. “She was an amazing, soulful person,” he said. “She’s a phenomenon to me. You have to say it. She had all of the street vibes and all of the R&B vocals...If there is a word called talent or talented, it was pouring out of her veins. She was an amazing phenomenon.”

Among those that were the most impacted, though, was Alia Rose Brockert, Marie’s only child who had to cope with the loss of her mother. “I’m still figuring out how I feel about the situation,” she said in 2011. “It was a reality thing at first. I could pretend my mom was on tour and she was coming back, but when I got to that two month mark, I realized she wasn’t. So I had to start learning how to be alone and that’s when I got a little crazy for a second, but I’m doing alright because I’m one with God. And my mom always instilled a spiritual relationship and that’s what’s keeping me going right now.”

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