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  • Donna Summer dead at 63

    Donna Summer will be laid to rest today at a private ceremony at a church in Nashville, Tenn., according to TMZ. The iconic singer died last week after battling lung cancer. She was 63.
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    Donna Summer was born outside of boston and raised by devout christian parents who introduced her to both gospel and classical music. In a 2008 interview with ABC News' "Nightline," Summer remembered her mom singing songs to her before going to bed each night. Summer is shown in this photo from the 1970s
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    Donna Summer performs on stage in this photo from the 1970s. Summer left home at age 18 to audition for the Broadway production of "Hair" and got a role in the show when it moved to Germany. There, she met producer Giorgio Moroder, who would launch her solo career. She went on to produce hits like "Bad Girls," "Last Dance," and "She Works Hard for the Money."
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    "Queen of Disco" Donna Summer poses for a portrait session at home with her beau in Los Angeles, Calif.
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    Donna Summer gets a lift from body builder, future movie star and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger at her home in April 1977 in Los Angeles, Calif.
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    Donna Summer performs on stage in Washington in 1978.
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    Donna Summer's last album, "Crayons," was released in 2008. In 2010, she told AllVoices.com that she was working on an album of disco standards.
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    Donna Summer poses at a photo session on November 12, 2003 in Los Angeles, Calif.
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    Donna Summer signs copies of her book, "Ordinary Girl" at Barnes and Noble in New York City. The book was published in 2003.
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    Donna Summer and Seal perform during the David Foster and Friends concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center October 15, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nev.
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    Donna Summer performs during the David Foster and Friends concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center October 1, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nev.
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