Diana Ross Biography

Diana Ross, a Golden Globe winning actress and renowned musician, has achieved immense success in both the United States and the United Kingdom. With over 100 million records sold worldwide, Ross has solidified her position as a respected and admired figure in the music industry. Not only has she delivered more than 70 hit singles, but she also holds the distinction of having two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a feat accomplished by only a select few. Despite facing obstacles and personal setbacks, Ross’s unwavering determination and hard work have propelled her career for over four decades. Beginning as the lead singer of ‘The Supremes’, Ross ventured into a solo career and made notable appearances in various films and television shows. Her influence as a legendary and iconic female musician has inspired countless artists, including the likes of Beyoncé Knowles.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Diana Ernestine Earle Ross
  • Age: 79 Years, 79 Year Old Females
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Arne Næss Jr. (m. 1985–2000), Robert Ellis Silberstein (m. 1971–1977)
    • Father: Fred Ross Sr.
    • Mother: Ernestine (née Moten)
    • Children: Chudney Ross, Evan Ross, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Ross Næss, Tracee Ellis Ross
  • Born Country: United States
  • Quotes By Diana Ross
  • Pop Singers
  • Height: 1.64 m
  • City: Detroit, Michigan
  • U.S. State: Michigan

Childhood & Early Life

Diana Ross was born on March 26, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan to Fred Ross, Sr., a U.S. Army soldier, and mother Ernestine, who was a school teacher. She lived with her family at Belmont Road, Detroit and later in 1958, she, along with her family, moved to St. Antoine Street and lived at the Brewster-Douglass housing projects. She attended the Cass Technical High School, a four-year college preparatory magnet school in downtown Detroit and graduated in the year 1962. She also worked at the Hudson’s Department Store.

Career

In 1959, Diana Ross became part of the female singing group, ‘The Supremes’, who were an enormously successful vocal group in the 1960’s. She was the hairstylist, seamstress, and costume designer for the group. In 1963, as a member of ‘The Supremes’, she recorded their first song, ‘When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes’. She gave the lead vocals for the song. In 1964, she again delivered the lead vocals for ‘The Supremes’, for their song, ‘Where Did Our Love Go’. The song was a hit and it peaked on the music charts. In 1968, she was a cast member of the TV show, ‘TCB’, which was a musical revue show that was recorded before a live audience and it was broadcast on the NBC network. In 1970, she released her debut solo album titled, ‘Diana Ross’, which was released under the Motown label. The album featured her first solo single ‘Reach Out and Touch’. On November 3, 1970, she came out with her second album, ‘Everything Is Everything’. The album featured the hit single, ‘I’m Still Waiting’, which reached the number one position on the UK music charts. Released in the year 1971, her third solo album, ‘Surrender’ was critically acclaimed and commercially successful. The album’s title song ‘Surrender’ was a big hit in the United Kingdom. In 1972, Ross played the role of jazz singer Billie Holiday in the Academy Award-nominated biographical drama film, ‘Lady Sings the Blues’. The film was showcased at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. In 1973, she came out with her album, ‘Touch Me in the Morning’, which was released under the Motown Records label. The title track of the album was a number one hit on the music charts. In 1976, she released her second self-titled album, ‘Diana Ross’, which became one of her bestselling albums. The album included the hit singles, ‘Love Hangover’ and ‘Theme from Mahogany’. In 1977, she hosted the popular one-woman show, ‘An Evening with Diana Ross’ that ran on Broadway. The show was made into an album later and it was an award-winning show. In 1979, she came out with the album, ‘The Boss’, which was produced by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson. The album sold in good numbers and was certified platinum. Released in 1981, her platinum-certified pop/contemporary ‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love’ was her first album after she left the Motown label. She went on a successful world tour to promote this album. On September 13, 1984, she released the album, ‘Swept Away’, which produced a number of hit songs. Some of the singles include, ‘Missing You’, ‘Swept Away’ and ‘Telephone’. In 1991, she came out with the album, ‘The Force Behind the Power’, which was not a very successful album in the U.S.A but was relatively successful in other parts of the world. In 1994, she starred in the Television movie, ‘Out of Darkness’, in which she played the role of a schizophrenic patient, ‘Paulie Cooper’. The film earned her a Golden Globe nomination for the category of ‘Best Actress’. In the year 1995, her studio album, ‘Take Me Higher’ was released. The album was considered one of her fine works by many of her fans. The title track of the album was very successful. In 2000, Diana Ross was one of the main headliners for the ‘VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute To Diana Ross’. It was an honors concert held for ‘The VH1 Save The Music Foundation’. In 2006, she released the album, ‘I Love You’ both in the United States and parts of Europe. The album featured the songs, ‘I Want You’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ and ‘Remember’. In 2008, she was one of the performers at the Nobel Peace Prize concert and some of the songs she sang include, ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ and ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, among others. In 2012, she appeared in the TV show, ‘Christmas in Washington’, which was an annual TV special program that featured different stars from the field of entertainment.

Major Works

Diana Ross gave the lead vocals for the song, ‘Where Did Our Love Go’, which peaked at the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also ranked at the 472 positions on Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time’. The title track ‘Touch Me in the Morning’ of her 1973 album of the same name was a major hit and peaked at the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed in the same position for a period of 21 weeks.

Awards & Achievements

In 1973, Diana Ross received the Golden Globe for the category of ‘Most Promising Newcomer – Female’ for the film ‘Lady Sings the Blues’. In 1977, she received the Tony Award for the category of ‘Best Musical Special’ for ‘An Evening With Diana Ross’. In 2012, Diana Ross received the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.

Personal Life & Legacy

Around 1965, Diana Ross got romantically involved with Motown CEO Berry Gordy, which resulted in the birth of her eldest child, Rhonda Suzanne Silberstein, in August 1971. In January 1971, she married music executive Robert Ellis Silberstein with whom she had two daughters. The couple divorced in 1977. In 1986, she married Arne Næss Jr., who was a Norwegian billionaire and shipping magnate. They had two children together but they divorced in 2000. She was the inspiration behind the character of ‘Deena Jones’ in the film, ‘Dreamgirls’.

Trivia

This Golden Globe-winning actress was once arrested at an airport for allegedly grabbing a security guard’s breast.

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