Legendary singer Tina Turner, known to Mad Max fans everywhere as Aunty Entity in Beyond Thunderdome, has died this week at the age of 83.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner,” a statement said on Facebook. “With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow. Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music. All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly.”
RIP to the Queen of Rock n’ Roll
Turner’s role in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome came at a time when her popularity was soaring in the mid-80s. Despite being a professional singer and performer since the late 50s with her husband Ike, the 80s brought renewed life to her solo career with mega hits like “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “Private Dancer,” “Better Be Good to Me,” and, of course, “We Don’t Need Another Hero.”
Born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939 in Brownsville, Tennessee, Turner earned the title “Queen of Rock n’ Roll” thanks to her signature raspy vocals, energetic stage presence, and Grammy-award-winning music. Turner has sold over 200 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Turner has won a total of eight Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and Best Rock Vocal Performance. In 2005, she was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and won a Golden Globe in 1993 for her portrayal of herself in the biographical film “What’s Love Got to Do with It.”
In 1985’s Beyond Thunderdome, her role as Aunty Entity won the hearts of post-apocalyptic fans everywhere as the no-nonsense ruler of Bartertown opposite Mel Gibson’s Max. She is depicted as a strong-willed and resourceful leader, determined to maintain order and power in a chaotic world.
Our deepest condolences go out to Turner’s family and her millions of fans worldwide.