On Sunday, March 28, HBO released TINA, a documentary co-directed by Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin. The two-hour film is a stunning look at Tina Turner’s rise to fame as a teenager, her turbulent marriage to Ike Turner, her divorce, and subsequent iconic return to success as a solo artist. Deadline reports it’s HBO Max’s “top-rated HBO documentary since Oprah’s Leaving Neverland in 2019.” The film features archival performance footage and home videos while the 81-year-old gives a rare interview from her home in Switzerland. The documentary is admittedly sad; Turner has had a hard life, and doesn’t wish to recount it repeatedly. TINA, understandably so, is her goodbye to her fans.
“Some people say the life that I’ve lived and the performances I gave…the appreciation is lasting with the people and I should be proud of that,” Turner says in an interview. “I am. But when do you stop being proud? How do you bow out slowly – just go away?” Her husband, Erwin Bach, speaks more bluntly in the film just moments later. “She said, ‘I’m going to America and I’m going to say goodbye to my American fans, and I’ll wrap it up.’ I think this documentary and the [musical] – this is it. It’s a closure.”
It’s unlikely Turner will return to the stage again, so allow us the chance to take the opportunity to give the legend her flowers. Turner is proof that it’s never too late to live out your dreams and we can’t stop thinking about the decades of glamour she’s given the world. Below, GRAZIA relishes Turner’s sequins and feathers from back in the day. Scroll below for our favorite on stage moments.