Summer was born LaDonna Adrian Gaines on December 31, 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts. Donna Summer was married to actor Helmuth Sommer from 1973 to 1975, and had one child from the marriage, daughter Mimi Sommer. She then married musician Bruce Sudano in 1980. She has
two daughters with him, Brooklyn and Amanda.
She has played the role of Aunt Oona in the U.S. TV series, ‘Family Matters’. She was also seen in the 1978 disco film ‘Thank God It`s Friday She is the first artist to have scored three No. 1 double albums for 1978`s "Live And More," 1979`s "Bad Girls" and 1980`s "Donna Summer Greatest Hits/On The Radio," her spokesman said. Her record was matched only later by The Beatles.
Summer remained active for about five decades, releasing her 17th studio album, "Crayons," in 2008.
The single, "To Paris With Love" in 2010, had reached No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart album in October 2010.
Summer was a born-again Christian. She has recorded songs such as "I Believe In Jesus" (1980) as part of her new-found faith.