Considered the Queen of Rock and Roll, she released the single "Proud Mary" in 1971 and has received eleven Grammy Awards, collaborating with many other popular artists.
She picked cotton with her parents as sharecroppers, and moved in with her great-aunt after her parents divorced in 1978. She worked as a nurse's aide and began dreaming of becoming a nurse.
She went on a fiftieth anniversary tour in 2008, and broke the record for solo artist concert ticket sales.
She appeared in the 1993 film Last Action Hero, which starred F. Murray Abraham.