Diana Ross, born on March 26, 1944, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. Ross was the lead singer of the popular 1960s singing group, The Supremes. She achieved international stardom, first as the lead vocal of the group and later as a solo artist. She has over 70 hit singles, which includes her work with The Supremes, and as a solo artist, her works have sold hundreds of millions of records. Ross’ life and her unparalleled career have greatly influenced film, music, and fashion. We are so excited to celebrate this icon on her special day.
Diana Ross is the second of six children of Fred Ross, a soldier, and Ernestine Ross, a schoolteacher. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, on March 26, 1944. Ross began singing as a teenager in the group The Primettes with her friends. They became the booming 1960s R&B and pop group, The Supremes. In 1961, the group got signed to Motown Records. They bagged their first number one hit in 1964 with ‘Where Did Our Love Go?’ With four other chart-topping singles, ‘Stop! In the Name of Love,’ ‘Come See About Me,’ ‘Back in My Arms Again,’ and ‘Baby Love,’ they became the first American group ever to have five consecutive number one songs. With several more hits, the group became the U.S. group with the most Billboard chart-topping singles in history.
Ross embarked on a solo career in 1969 and continued to be a mainstay in the music scene, releasing many hit singles and albums. She ventured into acting in 1972, featuring in the biopic “Lady Sings the Blues,” which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. She then starred in other films.
Ross released the platinum-selling album “Diana” in 1980, featuring the number one hit ‘Upside Down.’ Her 1981 duet with Lionel Richie, ‘Endless Love,’ was also a number one hit. Albums dropped by Ross in the new millennium include “Blue” in 2006 and “I Love You” in 2007.
Ross has been married twice. She married business manager Robert Ellis Silberstein in 1971. After their divorce in 1977, she married Norwegian shipping tycoon Arne Næss Jr. from 1986 to 1999. The iconic singer is the mother of five children — Rhonda, Tracee, Chudney, Ross, and Evan.
Ross releases her self-titled album, “Diana Ross.”
Ross wins ‘Most Promising Female Newcomer’ for the biopic film “Lady Sings the Blues.”
She wins ‘Best Musical Special’ for “An Evening With Diana Ross.”
Ross and her former group, The Supremes, are inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
She receives the award at the Grammys.
She is awarded by President Barack Obama.
Why We Love Diana Ross
Ross has touched millions of hearts around the world. Her magnificent life and her unparalleled career have influenced film, music, and fashion.
She is artistic
Ross has a beautiful, soulful voice. She possesses a unique artistic style that distinguishes her from her peers.
Ross is a strong character with a fierce attitude. Although faced with a lot of difficulties professionally and personally in her career, she never lets them derail her.
5 Surprising Facts
She had a Grammy dry spell
Throughout her long, successful career, Ross has only 12 Grammy nominations and didn’t win any until her ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ win in 2012.
She has her favorite songs
‘I Will Survive’ and ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ are Ross’ favorite songs to perform.
She performed at the Super Bowl
Ross performed at the halftime show in 1996.
She had a pantyhose line
This was back in the 1980s, and they were called Diana Ross Ultra Sheers.
She inspired a movie character
Ross inspired the character of Deena Jones in the movie “Dreamgirls.”
Diana Ross FAQs
Is Diana Ross still married?
No, she has not tied the knot since her divorce from Arne.
What is Diana Ross’s net worth?
She is worth an estimated $250 million as of 2022.
How many times was Diana Ross married?
She has been married twice.
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