Donna Summer's Family: Her 32-Year-Long Marriage and Her Children

The Queen of Disco herself, Donna Summer was an amazing and iconic recording artist that dominated the late 70's. Summer earned a total of 42 hit singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 in her lifetime, with 14 of those reaching the top-ten. The five-time Grammy winner was a force to be reckoned with throughout her musical career. 

Image Source: Getty Images

Image Source: Getty Images


Although we lost her at a relatively young age back in 2012, her legacy lives on through her legendary music that defined an era of counterculture and extravagance. Her legacy also lives on through the people she left behind, her daughter and husband. Here's everything you need to know about the people keeping the singer's legacy alive.

Image Source: Getty Images

Image Source: Getty Images


THE STORY OF LADONNA ADRIAN GAINES

The iconic singer was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1948. She began performing at church and in school productions which gained her popularity amongst her peers. By 1967, she moved to New York City and joined the band, Crow. After the band failed to secure a recording contract and dissolved, Summer auditioned for a role in the counterculture musical, Hair.

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons


She agreed to join the traveling production when they decided to take the musical to Germany. Here, she eventually became fluent in German, singing various songs in that language. In 1968, the singer released her first single, as Donna Gaines, a German version of the title "Aquarius" from the musical.

Image Source: Getty Images

Image Source: Getty Images


By 1971 the singer released a second single, a remake of the Jaynetts' 1963 hit, "Sally Go 'Round the Roses", from a one-off European deal with Decca Records. In 1969, she issued the single "If You Walkin' Alone" on Philips Records. Within three years, she moved to Vienna, Austria, and joined the Vienna Volksoper.

Image Source: Getty Images

Image Source: Getty Images


In 1974, while working part-time as a model and back-up singer, Summer met Germany-based producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte during a recording session for Three Dog Night at Musicland Studios. The working partnership would build Summer up to fame across Europe with singles "The Hostage" and "Lady of the Night".

Image Source: Getty Images

Image Source: Getty Images


A year later, the partnership would lead to the creation of "Love to Love You Baby". The song's release in America would come by Neil Bogart's Casablanca Records after playing it at one of their notorious parties to rave reception. The song reached #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Image Source: Getty Images

Image Source: Getty Images


By early 1976 the song had become a Gold single, while the album had sold over a million copies. This shot Donna Summer to superstar status, her songs would be played in Disco Clubs all over the world, and the rest, as they say, is all history. Decades and multiple hits later, Donna Summers has gone down as one of our history's greatest singers.

Image Source: Getty Images

Image Source: Getty Images


Throughout her career, Summers won 5 grammy awards. She had along and fruitful marriage with a fellow musician and songwriter who would help her produce more hits. Sadly in 2012, the singer died after battling lung cancer for a few years. Now here's what you need to know about the singer's family.

Image Source: Getty Images

Image Source: Getty Images


HER SINGER-SONGWRITER HUSBAND

Donna Summer married her fellow musician and songwriter, Bruce Sudano July 16, 1980. Sudano co-founded the late '60s pop-rock band Alive N Kickin’, which scored a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Tighter, Tighter.” He later became a member of Brooklyn Dreams in the late '70s.

This Photo was taken by Wolfgang Moroder. Feel free to use my photos, but please mention me as the author and send me a message. This image is not public domain. Please respect the copyright protection. It may only be used according to the rules mentioned here. This specifically excludes use in social media, if applicable terms of the licenses listed here not appropriate. Please do not upload an updated image here without consultation with the Author. The author would like to make corrections only at his own source. This ensures that the changes are preserved. Please if you think that any changes should be required, please inform the author. Otherwise you can upload a new image with a new name. Please use one of the templates derivative or extract., Donna Summer Bruce Sudano Giorgio Moroder Beverly Hills, CC BY-SA 3.0

This Photo was taken by Wolfgang Moroder. Feel free to use my photos, but please mention me as the author and send me a message. This image is not public domain. Please respect the copyright protection. It may only be used according to the rules mentioned here. This specifically excludes use in social media, if applicable terms of the licenses listed here not appropriate. Please do not upload an updated image here without consultation with the Author. The author would like to make corrections only at his own source. This ensures that the changes are preserved. Please if you think that any changes should be required, please inform the author. Otherwise you can upload a new image with a new name. Please use one of the templates derivative or extract., Donna Summer Bruce Sudano Giorgio Moroder Beverly Hills, CC BY-SA 3.0


While part of that band Sudano enjoyed a top 5 hit with “Heaven Knows,” a duet featuring Summer and Sudano’s bandmate Joe Esposito. In 1979, Brooklyn Dreams and Summer wrote the title track "Bad Girls" for the best selling album of Summers' career Bad Girls. Moreover, Sudano also co-wrote the songs "Lucky" and "On My Honor" with Summer.

Image Source: Youtube / Bruce Sudano

Image Source: Youtube / Bruce Sudano


Summer and Sudano share two children together who you'll get to know more of in a bit. After Summers untimely death in 2012, Sudano has continued to pursue his musical career as a solo artist. He made his South by Southwest debut in 2014 and even went on tour with the rock band, The Zombies.

Image Source: Youtube / Bruce Sudano

Image Source: Youtube / Bruce Sudano


On his wife's death, he shared: "I lost my mother several weeks before Donna." This was while he was negotiating a new publishing deal where one of his songs featured in an upcoming Fed Ex commercial. He also shared "She said, 'You’ve put you on the side for a number of years, It's time for you to be you now.'"

Image Source: Youtube / Suecase Hall

Image Source: Youtube / Suecase Hall


Recently, Sudano also helped bring to life Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. It's a musical about the life of his late wife. The show opened on Broadway in April 2018. Later that year, the musician also premiered the music video to his new song "Fobidden Fruit" which explores his life on the road as a performer and single person again.

Image Source: Youtube /  LaChanze - Topic

Image Source: Youtube / LaChanze - Topic


MIMI SOMMER, THE ARTIST'S DAUGHTER

Donna Summer's eldest daughter is Natalia Pia Melanie Sommer, now known as Natalie Dohler. She was born in 1973 in Munich, Germany. She is the daughter of Summer and her first husband Helmut Sommer, an Austrian actor whom she met while touring and singing back-up in Germany. 

Image Source: Getty Images

Image Source: Getty Images


Natalia Pia, otherwise known as Mimi, married Richard Matthew Dohler in 1995. The ceremony took place at The Roland Park Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland. She was walked down the aisle half-way by her biological father Helmut Sommer, and the rest of the way by her stepfather, Sudano, who raised her.

Image Source: Youtube / Suecase Hall

Image Source: Youtube / Suecase Hall


Mimi Dohler is now a proud mother of four. Her daughter Savanna is a model and artist who recently performed live art at Citizen 615 clothing studio in Franklin, Tennesse. Dohler is also an artist who has created her own line of handcrafted jewelry which she sells quite successfully on Etsy.

Mimi Sommer (Right) | Image Source: Getty Images

Mimi Sommer (Right) | Image Source: Getty Images


MUSIC RUNS IN THE BLOOD - AMANDA SUDANO

Donna Summer's children with Bruce Sudano have certainly gotten the performing arts knack. Their second daughter is Amanda Sudano born on August 11, 1982. While living in Nashville, Tennesse where her family moved after living in Thousand Oaks, California, she met musician and songwriter Abner Ramirez. 

Lisa Sheirer, Amanda Sudano of JOHNNYSWIM. (8952926129), CC BY-SA 2.0

Lisa Sheirer, Amanda Sudano of JOHNNYSWIM. (8952926129), CC BY-SA 2.0


Together with Abner Ramirez, they formed musical duo Johnnyswim in 2005. The two married in 2009 and have been touring the united states as the musical duo since. Over the years, the duo has appeared as musical guests on shows like "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "Conan", and "Live with Kelly and Ryan".

Image Source: Youtube / Johnnyswim

Image Source: Youtube / Johnnyswim


Amanda also received her mother's stunning looks which has lead to her having a successful career as a model as well. She is represented by the New York City-based, Bella Agency. In 2010, she was chosen to model for Louis Vuitton's Spring/Summer 2010 shoe campaign, making her the first black model to feature solely in Louis Vuitton ads.

Image Source: Youtube / Johnnyswim

Image Source: Youtube / Johnnyswim


She currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She has three children with Ramirez, a son, Joaquin, in February 2015. In 2018, she gave birth to a daughter, Luna and finally in November 2019, the couple announced on social media that Amanda had given birth to a second daughter named Paloma.

Image Source: Youtube / Johnnyswim

Image Source: Youtube / Johnnyswim


THE ACTRESS OF THE FAMILY - BROOKLYN SUDANO

Donna Summer's eldest child with her songwriting partner and husband Bruce Sudano is actress Brooklyn Sudano. At the age of 14, her family moved to Nashville, but Brooklyn and her sisters often joined their mother on tour. They even sang back up vocals for their mother at concerts and other performances.

Image Source: Youtube / Lain Networks

Image Source: Youtube / Lain Networks


Brooklyn studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. While studying acting, she began a successful modeling career like her sister. She signed with the Ford Modeling Agency. Sudano appeared in advertising campaigns for Clairol, Clean & Clear, and K-Mart to name a few of the brands she featured for.

Image Source: Youtube / Beautiful Women

Image Source: Youtube / Beautiful Women


Her on-screen career began, apart from being featured in her mother's music videos when she replaced Megan Good on Damon Wayan's sitcom, "My Wife and Kid's". She got her first feature film role in the film adaptation of V. C. Andrews' novel Rain. She also appeared in episodes of "CSI: NY" and "90210". 

Image Source: Youtube / Beautiful Women

Image Source: Youtube / Beautiful Women


She most recognized for her role as 'Christy Epping' on "11.22.63" with James Franco, "Ballers" with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, and most recently for her recurring role on the tv series version of Liam Neeson's "Taken." On the show, she plays Asha Flynn and was featured for ten episodes.

Image Source: Youtube / Beautiful Women

Image Source: Youtube / Beautiful Women


She recently completed filming a tv movie about the legal drama inspired by former US Attorney General Eric Holder's life and career. The film is entitled "Main Justice". Sudano is currently filming drama and thriller "Last Summer". She has been married to Mike McGlaflin, since October 8, 2006. They have a daughter together.

Image Source: Youtube / Beautiful Women

Image Source: Youtube / Beautiful Women


That's everything you need to know about the late superstar, Donna Summer's three daughters and husband. Are you blown away at how much talent her children have, or did you expect it of the offsprings of such a talented woman? Let us know in the comment section. Stay tuned for more great content on your favorite celebrities, tv shows and movies here on Amomama!

Source: The Guardian, Telegraph, Billboard, NPR, Vogue 

Related posts
Celebrity Jan 23, 2020
Inside the Lives of Marie Osmond’s 8 Beautiful Children
Getty Images
Celebrity Nov 11, 2019
Meet Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Four Children Including One Superstar Daughter
Getty Images
TV Shows Nov 04, 2019
Calling All 'Jeopardy' Fans: Meet Alex Trebek's Wonderful Family
facebook.com/NCIS
TV Shows Oct 13, 2019
Exclusive Facts About Cote De Pablo and Her NCIS Character Ziva David

Please disable your AdBlocker

Advertising helps us continue to provide quality content. For instant unlimited access. Please disable your AdBlocker on our site and refresh the page.