Richie was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, the son of Alberta R. (Foster) and Lionel Brockman Richie. Richie grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute.His grandfather's house was across the street from the home of the president of the college. His family moved to Joliet, Illinois, where he graduated from Joliet Township High School.
Richie helped to raise over $3.1 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. He was the featured performer at the Foundation's Soirée Bouquet, the annual spring gala.
Richie told the crowd that his grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 80s, but survived and lived until she was 103 years old. He stated that she was his enduring symbol of hope and his reason for becoming a breast cancer activist.
Lionel Richie (1982)
Can't Slow Down (1983)
Dancing on the Ceiling (1986)
Louder Than Words (1996)
Just for You (2004)
Coming Home (2006)
Just Go (2009)
1977: Scott Joplin (w/ The Commodores)
1978: Thank God It's Friday (w/ The Commodores)
1990: Running with the Night
1991: Truth or Dare (documentary)
1996: The Preacher's Wife
2007: The Simpsons (episode He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs)
2011: Who Do You Think You Are?
2011: Lionel Richie: Dancing On the Ceiling (Part of the BBC4 documentary series, Black Music Legends of the 1980s)