23 photos of Tina Turner's extraordinary life

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Tina Turner was known for hit songs like "What's Love Go to Do With It" and her cover of "Proud Mary."Helmuth Lohman/AP
  • Tina Turner died at age 83, her family confirmed.

  • She was a well-known singer, known for hits like "What's Love Got to Do With It."

  • Among her many accomplishments in her lifetime, Turner won eight Grammys.

Tina Turner, born Anna Mae Bullock, began her music career as a teenager when she met Kings of Rhythm member Ike Turner.

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Ike Turner and Tina Turner pose for a promotional studio portrait in 1970.
Ike Turner and Tina Turner posing for a promotional studio portrait in 1970.Gilles Petard/Redferns

It was Ike who gave her the stage name Tina Turner. Their debut single as a duo, "A Fool in Love," was released in 1960.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK: Tina Turner performs on stage with Ike & Tina Turner in 1972 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Tina Turner performs on stage with Ike turner in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1972.Jorgen Angel/Redferns

Ike and Tina toured across the US and overseas. But behind the scenes, Ike was physically abusive toward the singer.

Ike Turner and Tina Turner on the Proud Mary Tour in London 1972.
Ike Turner and Tina Turner on tour in London in 1972.Armando Gallo/Getty Images

Tina split from Ike in 1976, with just 36 cents in her pocket. In the '80s, her solo career took off with the studio album "Private Dancer."

Tina Turner performs onstage at the Ritz, New York, New York, May 7, 1981. Turner was headlining a performance at the venue.
Tina Turner performing in New York on May 7, 1981.Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

"Private Dancer" was a commercial success, spawning hits like the titular track and "What's Love Got to Do With It."

Tina Turner performing in Los Angeles on September 2, 1984.
Tina Turner performing "What's Love Got to Do With It" during the Los Angeles, California stop of her nationwide tour in September 2, 1984.Phil Ramey/AP

She was nominated for five awards at the 1985 American Music Awards and won two trophies: favorite soul/R&B female artist and favorite soul/R&B female video artist.

Tina turner poses with her award backstage at the 12th annual American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Calif., January 28, 1985
Tina Turner at the 12th American Music Awards in January 1985.AP

Turner's solo success led to TV appearances on shows like NBC's long-running sketch series "Saturday Night Live." Here she is with host Alex Karras and cast member Billy Crystal during rehearsals in January 1985.

Alex Karras, Billy Crystal, and Tina Turner at a rehearsal for "Saturday Night Live" in January 1985.
"Saturday Night Live" actor Billy Crystal, in character, flanked by host Alex Karras and musical guest Tina Turner during a rehearsal on January 31, 1985.Marty Lederhandler/AP

Turner won three of the five awards she was nominated for at the 1985 Grammys. Here she is with fellow winner and friend Lionel Richie.

LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 26: Pictured from left is Tina Turner and Lionel Richie on THE 27TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, February 26, 1985, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA.
Tina Turner and Lionel Richie at the 27th Grammy Awards on February 26, 1985, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA.CBS via Getty Images

Months later, in July 1985, Turner and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performed together at the Live Aid event held in Philadelphia.

Tina Turner and Mick Jagger on 7/13/85 at Live Aid in Philadelphia, Pa.
Tina Turner and Mick Jagger performing on July 13, 1985 at Live Aid in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Paul Natkin/WireImage

That year, Turner embarked on her tour for the album "Private Dancer." She performed two back-to-back shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Tina Turner sings at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Aug. 1, 1985.
Tina Turner singing at Madison Square Garden in New York City on August 1, 1985.Ray Stubblebine/AP

Turner's music industry friends included Cher. Turner even appeared on an episode of "The Sonny & Cher Show" in 1977.

NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1985: Tina Turner with Cher circa 1985 in New York City.
Tina Turner with Cher circa 1985 in New York City.Robin Platzer/IMAGES/Getty Images

Outside of her flourishing music career, Turner starred as Aunty Entity in the film "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," which opened in theaters in July 1985.

Tina Turner in "Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome."
Tina Turner in "Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome."Warner Bros.

Here's Turner performing alongside Paul McCartney at The Prince's Trust 10th Anniversary Birthday Party on June 20, 1986.

LONDON - JUNE 20: Paul McCartney and Tina Turner performing on stage at The Prince's Trust 10th Birthday Party at Wembley Arena, London, United Kingdom on 20th June 1986. Behind them from left to right are: Mark King, Paul Young, Bryan Adams, Francis Rossi and John Illsley.
Paul McCartney and Tina Turner performing on stage at The Prince's Trust 10th Anniversary Birthday Party at Wembley Arena, London, United Kingdom on June 20, 1986.Brian Cooke/Redferns

Among her many accolades, Turner also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1986.

Rock and roll singer Tina Turner poses with her plaque and a bouquet of roses near her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during the unveiling ceremony in Los Angeles, Ca., Aug. 28, 1986.
Tina Turner posing with her plaque and a bouquet of roses near her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during the unveiling ceremony in Los Angeles, California on August 28, 1986.Nick Ut/AP

Turner's career took her all over the world, including places like Brazil. Here she is dancing in the streets of Rio de Janeiro in December 1987.

Singer Tina Turner dances the samba with traditional carnival dancers in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 30, 1987.
Tina Turner dancing the samba with traditional carnival dancers in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on December 30, 1987.Evandro Teixere/AP

Turner delivered high-energy shows throughout her decades-long career. Here she is performing in England in July 1990.

American rock and roll singer Tina Turner kicks off the first of two sell-out concerts on the grounds of Woburn Abbey, England, Saturday, July 27, 1990.
Tina Turner performing on the grounds of Woburn Abbey, England on July 27, 1990.Gill Allen/AP

In June 1993, she embarked on the What's Love? Tour in support of her studio album "What's Love Got to Do with It." Here she is backstage at Radio City Music Hall in July of that year.

Singer Tina Turner is photographed in her dressing room backstage ahead of her show at New York's Radio City Music Hall in New York, 12th July 1993.
Tina Turner photographed in her dressing room backstage ahead of her show at New York's Radio City Music Hall in New York on July 12, 1993.Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Turner's 1995 song "GoldenEye" was written by U2 members Bono and the Edge. It served as the theme song of the "James Bond" movie of the same name.

Singer Tina Turner poses for a James Bond style photo shoot at Pinewood Studios in London. She sang the theme song for the 1995 Bond film 'GoldenEye'.
Tina Turner posing for a photo shoot at Pinewood Studios in London.Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

She delivered performed "When the Heartache Is Over" and "Proud Mary" at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta at the Super Bowl pre-game show on January 30, 2000.

ATLANTA, UNITED STATES: US singer Tina Turner performs before the start of Super Bowl XXXIV at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA 30 January, 2000.
Tina Turner performing before the start of Super Bowl XXXIV at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia on January 30, 2000.JEFF HAYNES/AFP via Getty Images

At the 50th Grammys on February 10, 2008, Turner and Beyoncé teamed up for an electrifying performance of "Proud Mary."

Beyoncé and Tina Turner at the 50th Grammys in 2008.
Beyoncé and Tina Turner on stage at the 50th Grammys at the Staples Center on February 10, 2008, in Los Angeles, California.Kevin Mazur/WireImage

To celebrate her 50th year in the music industry, turner went on tour in 2008. The following year, after the tour concluded, she formally retired.

Tina Turner performs during her 50th Anniversary tour at Madison Square Garden on December 1, 2008 in New York City.
Tina Turner performs during her 50th Anniversary tour at Madison Square Garden on December 1, 2008 in New York City.Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Turner met German record executive Erwin Bach at an airport in 1985. They married in 2013 in Switzerland, where Turner had citizenship. Despite her retirement, Turner, accompanied by Bach, attended events like Paris Fashion Week.

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 03: Singer Tina Turner and her husband Erwin Bach attend the Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture Fall Winter 2018/2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2018 in Paris, France.
Tina Turner and her Erwin Bach attend the Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture Fall Winter 2018/2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2018 in Paris, France.Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images

Turner's legacy continued in many ways, like the Broadway show "Tina — The Tina Turner Musical," which opened in November 2019. She appeared on stage on the opening night and said, "I can never be as happy as I am now."

Singer Tina Turner, left, speaks on stage with actress Adrienne Warren on the opening night of "Tina – The Tina Turner Musical" at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in New York.
Tina Turner speaking on stage with actress Adrienne Warren on the opening night of "Tina – The Tina Turner Musical" at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Thursday, November 7, 2019, in New York.Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

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