Tina is noted for her overpowering stage presence -- long legs, big hair, and emotional voice. She was discovered by Ike Turner, a noted pioneer of rock and roll, whom she later married. She began as a backing vocalist in his touring show at the age of 18, but within a couple of years she not only had a new name, but was the spotlight of a popular soul revue led by Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm.
Ike and Tina Turner recorded a number of hits in the 1960s, including the legendary single "River Deep, Mountain High" (with producer Phil Spector), and their signature number four hit "Proud Mary" (1971).
Ike's increasingly erratic behavior led Tina to leave him in 1974. Shortly afterward she appeared in a memorable cameo as the Gypsy Acid Queen in the film of The Who's Tommy rock opera. Tina finalized her divorce in 1978 after 18 years of marriage, accusing Turner of abuse and drug addiction in her autobiography I, Tina, which was made into the film What's Love Got to Do with It.
She released a handful of solo albums in the 1970s, but her career did not take off until teaming with BEF for a remake of "Ball of Confusion" drew the attention of Capitol Records. The 1984 album Private Dancer had three top ten singles: "What's Love Got to Do with It", the title track, and "Better Be Good To Me".
In 1985, she appeared as Aunty Entity in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome with Mel Gibson, and scored another hit with the movie's theme song, We Don't Need Another Hero.
In 1995 she recorded the title theme of the James Bond movie GoldenEye.
Her final world tour, which ended in 2000, was a sell out.
Now semi-retired she teamed up with Phil Collins to record a song for the Disney film Brother Bear (2003).