Who is Diane Alexander?
Diane Alexander was born on 16 June 1967, in the United States of America, and is a fashion designer as well as a former dancer, but probably better known as the former wife of singer Lionel Richie. Her former husband’s work as a solo artist made him one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s.
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The Riches of Diane Alexander
How rich is Diane Alexander? As of early 2020, sources estimate a net worth that is over $500,000, earned through success in her various endeavors. During her time married to Lionel, she shared in his net worth which is estimated to be over $200 million.
The Most Expensive Divorce Settlements: Lionel Richie & Diane Richie – $25 MillionWhen Lionel Richie was still married…
As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Career
There is almost no information available about Diane’s life prior to her association to Richie. She has not given details about her family, childhood, and education, but there is unconfirmed speculation that she graduated from a course in fashion design, in which she became involved.
Prior to becoming a fashion designer, she was mainly a dancer, and that was her main source of income.
Her dancing led her to numerous projects with celebrities and other popular names, including in the 1995 romantic comedy film entitled “Forget Paris” – it is produced, directed and co-written by Billy Crystal, who stars as an National Basketball Association referee opposite Debra Winger, who is a working woman. Other actors who appear in the film include Joe Mantegna, Julie Kavner, and Cynthia Stevenson, plus professional basketball players. She also appeared in the film “Lake Girls”, and one of her first collaborations with Richie was for the music video of “Dancing on the Ceiling”.
Husband – Lionel Richie
Lionel began his career in 1968 as a part of the funk and soul band called the Commodores. The band was highly popular during the late 1970s up to the mid-1980s, and was created after a group of freshmen at Tuskegee University created a band together. They were subsequently signed by Motown, thanks to their performance while on tour with the Jackson 5. Some of the band’s hit singles were “Three Times a Lady”, “Nightshift” and “Easy”, all of which were released when he was the co-lead singer of the band. They won a Grammy award for their single “Nightshift” in 1986.
During the latter part of his run with the Commodores, Lionel sought a career as a solo artist. He launched his self-titled solo album to much success, containing three hit singles, including the song “Truly” which topped the charts and won a Grammy Award. The album sold over four million copies and reached third spot on the charts. He followed it up with his sophomore release “Can’t Slow Down” which was twice as successful, winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
Lionel Richie’s Success and Recent Projects
Richie’s foray into a solo career made him an international superstar.
In 1985, he collaborated with Michael Jackson in co-writing the single “We Are the World” for charity, which sold over 20 million copies and won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year. Over the course of his career, he has sold over 90 million albums, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He also wrote the song “Endless Love” for the film of the same name, and which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
He then won a Golden Globe for his single “Say You, Say Me” which was featured in the film entitled “White Nights”; the song would also win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
In 2016 he was awarded the Johnny Mercer Award, which is the highest honor given annually by the Songwriters Hall of Fame to songwriters who have achieved a history of outstanding creative works. Some of the people who’ve received the award include Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Carole King.
Personal Life and Social Media
For her personal life, Alexander met Richie in 1984 during the Los Angeles Olympics, in which he performed during the closing ceremony.
I am fascinated with architecture and limestone… I wish I could take it all home… pic.twitter.com/8uMgGPVThF
— Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) March 4, 2020
The two began dating then, which lead to their collaborative work on “Dancing on the Ceiling”. However, the relationship was fraught with controversy, as Richie was still married at the time to his college sweetheart Brenda Harvey. Two years later, Harvey and Richie separated after she allegedly discovered his affair in a Beverly Hills hotel room – Alexander tried to avoid confrontation by stating that she was only hotel staff, but Harvey later discovered Richie at Alexander’s apartment which led to a physical confrontation.
Harvey was arrested and charged with corporal injury to spouse, disturbing the peace, battery, vandalism, resisting arrest, and trespassing. The two divorced in 1993, and two years later Richie married Diane – they had two children together before divorcing in 2004, one of whom is Sofia Richie who would pursue a career as a professional model. One of the reasons why there is very limited information about Alexander is due to the lack of any online presence on major social media websites including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.