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article imageDarlene Love talks new TV movie, Academy Award win and music Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 16, 2014 in Music
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love talks about the new biopic that will be made about her, as well as her recent Oscar win for "Best Documentary Feature" for being a part of "20 Feet From Stardom."
Love will be portrayed by multi-Grammy winner Toni Braxton in the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)'s debut television movie My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story, in December of 2014. "I thought that was great since you never really know and you depend on the other people that are in the team to help you choose. I saw Toni in a movie a few years ago called 'Twist of Faith' and I thought she was excellent in it. I think Toni is a great singer, so she is actually able to be an actor," she said.
She was a part of 20 Feet From Stardom, which won the 2014 Academy Award for "Best Documentary Feature," where Love subsequently received a standing ovation for the tune she sang in the acceptance speech. "That was wonderful in my life," she exclaimed. "I had no idea the standing ovation was going to happen. If I had known it, I probably wouldn't have done it, since it would have scared me to death. I chose that song since I didn't know what else to sing and it was amazing that the audience reacted to it. They respond to things that come from the heart and I was so appreciative of getting the award, and that's why I got the standing ovation which I surely did not expect."
Love is starring in The Fabulous Palm Spring Follies until May 18, where she will perform such hit songs as "Da Doo Ron Ron," as well as "He's A Rebel." "That is wonderful. They wanted me to do it for over 10 years now and I always turned it down since you never know what is going to happen when you are somewhere for three months. It turned out great since I really got to meet a lot of fans that I wouldn't normally meet if I am not in the area," she said. "I do all of the songs that I am known for and I think they are great, energetic songs, which is why they are in the show."
Speaking of "He's A Rebel," the song peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1962, and stayed there for two weeks. "That felt great. At the time you did not realize that until much later in life, and then you look back and go 'that was something,'" she said with a sweet laugh.
Love will be making her final performance singing her No. 1 holiday hit "(Christmas Baby) Please Come Home" on David Letterman in December. This show will be quite sentimental since she has been appearing there for 27 years. "We get to see each other once a year around Christmas-time so it has become a tradition for us and now people expect it everywhere I go," she said.
In 2011, Love was inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where the iconic Bette Midler made the introductory remarks. "You don't get your work done since you are trying to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You do your body of work and you hope that the people will appreciate it since it is your peers that vote for you," she said. "Bette has been a good ole friend of mine for years and we have gotten closer over the last 10 years."
Other proud moments in her career include singing at the White House for then-President Bill Clinton. "That was very exciting for me and I didn't think anything could top that," she said.
Regarding the key to longevity in the music industry, Love shared, "Doing what I enjoy doing and you need to give it your all every time that you go on stage."
"My daughter and my granddaughter came to see me at 'The Follies' a few weeks ago and my granddaughter asked my daughter, 'does grandma sing like this all the time?' and my daughter told her 'yes, honey, she doesn't know any better,'" she added with a laugh. "If you can give it that much every time you take the stage, that's the best thing that you can be able to do, and I am so blessed to be doing this at this time of my life."
For more information on veteran singing sensation Darlene Love, visit her official website.
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