Donna Summer

Donna Summer File Photos

Summer in 1982, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: LaDonna Adrian Gaines

Date of Birth: December 31, 1948

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Death: May 17, 2012

Place of Death: Naples, Florida, U.S.

Ethnicity: African-American

Donna Summer was a legendary American singer, songwriter, and painter. She had a string of hit songs from the ’70s up until her death in 2012. She will be greatly missed and remembered for her beautiful voice.

Donna is the daughter of Mary Ellen (Davis) and Andrew Gaines.

Donna was married to singer and songwriter Bruce Sudano, until her death. She had a daughter with her former husband, Austrian actor Helmuth Sommer; and two children, actress and singer Brooklyn Sudano and singer and model Amanda Sudano, with Bruce.

Donna’s paternal grandfather was Solomon/Soloman Andrew “Sal” Gaines (the son of Andrew Gaines and Mandy). Solomon was born in Alabama.

Donna’s paternal grandmother was named Eula F. Hicks or Johnson. Eula was born in Alabama or Georgia.

Sources: Donna’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Donna’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Donna’s father –

Donna’s paternal grandparents, Solomon/Soloman Andrew “Sal” Gaines and Eula F. Hicks or Johnson, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Donna’s paternal grandfather, Solomon/Soloman Andrew “Sal” Gaines, on the 1900 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

14 Responses

  1. neiltennant says:

    we all know that most african americans are a mixture of white european and african

    however i think DONNA SUMMER might be half white half Black
    look here in this cult german ad of Afri cola
    some older guys who were teens in the late 60s and early 70s tell me that they had tons of girls in their school who looked like DONNA SUMMER

    and those girls were daughters of black us soldiers and white german mothers

  2. neiltennant says:

    she had a nose job in the early 70s

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