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Birthday: March 26, 1944
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Height: 5' 4"
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Best known as the the lead singer of the popular 1960s singing group The Supremes, Diana Ross was born as Diane Ernestine Earle Ross on March 26, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan, the second of six children born to Fred and Ernestine. After being raised in housing projects for most of the late 1940s and early 1950s, Diana started singing in the gospel choir of a Baptist church. With friends Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard and Barbara Martin, she formed a vocal group, The Primettes, at age 15. After Barbara had departed the group, the remaining three girls inked a deal with Motown Records and were renamed The Supremes. Ross wasn't picked to become the group's lead singer until Motown honcho Berry Gordy decided that the time was exactly right, and from then on he described the group as "Diana Ross and the Supremes." From 1965 to 1969 the group had a string of #1 records. In late 1969 Gordy announced that Ross would be leaving the group for a solo career. In the third week of 1970 she played her last concert with The Supremes and started working with the songwriting team of Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson. Ross' first two songs by the team reached #1 on both the pop and R&B charts, justifying her move. Prior to starting a family of her own, she won the title role in the Billie Holiday biopic Lady Sings the Blues (1972), which was extremely successful at the box office, and had the distinction of being nominated for an Academy Award for her first film. The movie's soundtrack reached #1 on the U.S. charts. Despite fame and fortune, her next two big films, Mahogany (1975) and The Wiz (1978/I), didn't meet with the same success. However, she had a #1 hit single with "Mahogany" to make up for it. In February 1976, just before another #1 hit with "Love Hangover," she was stunned when her singing partner and friend, Florence Ballard, died after complications from a combination of alcohol abuse and long-term depression, which led to cardiac arrest. Ballard was only 32 years old and Ross was devastated by the loss.After recovering from Ballard's death, Ross went on to focus on her singing career and continued having more #1 songs, including "Upside Down". The following year she performed the theme song from Endless Love (1981), which was composed by Lionel Richie. That same year she left Motown Records and signed contracts with various record companies across the globe, and formed her own production company. The following year she released "Silk Electric," on which she sang "Muscles," a song written and produced by Michael Jackson.After she sang a tribute song dedicated to the late Marvin Gaye, Ross scored another #1 song in 1986 in the UK with "Chain Reaction," which brought back her days as the member of The Supremes' , and was written and produced by The Bee Gees. Unlike the song she sang when Florence died, this song was about how she became accustomed to Marvin over the years. After an eight-year absence, in 1989 she came back to Motown. Ross had gained more fame through concert appearances over the years, and in April 1993 she became a best-selling author with her first and only children's book, "When You Dream," which featured a CD with four songs that were dedicated to the book. That same year she was declared by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the most successful female singer of all times. Two years later she was honored with the Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement on the Soul Train Awards. After receiving those honors, she came back to the studio in 1999 with "Every Day Is A New Day," and the song reached the UK Top 10. The following year, with Mary Wilson--the only other surviving original Supremes member--she planned to book a Supremes reunion tour, but this was eventually canceled.She was arrested in 2002 in Tucson, Arizona, for driving under the influence and after pleading guilty was sentenced to two days in jail, 36 hours of counseling and one year probation. Today she is hard at work finishing her forthcoming book, "Upside Down: Wrong Turns, Right Turns and the Road Ahead."
- She appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "We Are The World."
- 23 September 1999 - Arrested for grabbing an airport security guard's breast, whom she claimed touched her breast while she was being frisked after setting off an airport metal detector.
- Entered Malibu, CA drug and alcohol rehab Promises center May 20, 2002 prior to start of global summer tour.
- In 1983 introduced a line of pantyhose "Diana Ross Ultra Sheers"
- Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Supremes) in 1988.
- Renewed vows with now-ex-husband Arne Naess Jr. on 1 February 1986 in Switzerland.
- A member of The Supremes from 15 January 1961 - 14 January 1970.
- The second of 6 children.
- Graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1962
- In January 1965 Music Business Magazine named The Supremes the #1 Female Soul Artist.
- The Supremes once co-hosted "The Mike Douglas Show" (1961).
- In January 1967 The Supremes was voted #1 by the readers of Playboy Magazine.
- Made her first solo TV appearance with Lucille Ball and Dinah Shore.
- On November 8, 1969, she announced that she was leaving The Supremes in order to pursue a solo career, but the last Supremes concert with Ross was played on January 14, 1970, at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Was honoured by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1993 as the most successful female singer of all time.
- Received the Lifetime Achievement Award from MIDEM in 1994
- Performed the half-time show on Super Bowl in 1996
- Received the BET (Black Entertainment Television) Walk of Fame Award on October 23, 1999
- Received a 2000 Heroes Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). The award was the highest distinction bestowed by the New York Chapter.
- 10 days after the terrorist attack (9-11), she sang, "God Bless America", at Shea Stadium in New York City, New York. [21 September 2001]
- Sang the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in 1982
- Measurements: 34C-25-35 (after implants 1990), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
- Sister of Arthur 'T-Boy' Ross.
- Intended to call her third daughter (born in 1975) "Chutney", yet misspelled the name as "Chudney" on the birth certificate.
- Grew up in Detroit's Brewster Housing Projects.
- Hen she was with The Supremes the group had 12 #1 songs and 18 top ten songs.
- Her ex-husband, Arne Naess Jr., died on 13th January, 2004 in a climbing accident in South Africa.
- Ranked #38 on VH1's Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
- Mother of Rhonda Ross Kendrick and Tracee Ellis Ross.
- Has three other children: daughter Chudney Lane (b. 4 November 1975) by Robert Ellis Silberstein, and two sons by Arne Naess: Ross Arne (b. 7 October 1987) and Evan Olaf (b. 26 August 1988).
- February 2004 - Sentenced to two days in jail, 36 hours of counseling, and one year probation after a no-contest plea for driving under the influence in Tucson, Arizona, in 2002.
- Is the most successful female recording artist ever with 18 US #1 hits and 70 top 10 hits since 1964
- Brother Arthur was murdered in Detroit in 1996.
- Has been nominated for 12 Grammy awards, but never won.
- In 1972 she and Cicely Tyson were both nominated for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" Oscars. This was only the second time in the history of the Academy Awards that African-American actresses were nominated in the "Best Actress" Oscar category. The first was Dorothy Dandridge's nomination for Carmen Jones (1954).
- Billboard Magazine named her Female Entertainer of The Century.
- Is on the board of A Better Chance, the only national program that recruits and places academically talented inner city children in the nation's best prepatatory schools.
- Ranked #38 on VH1's Greatest Women of Rock N' Roll in 1999.
- Ranked #86 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists in 2002.
- She and The Supremes' had appeared on "Toast of the Town" (1948) (aka "The Ed Sullivan Show") 17 times from 1964-1969.
- Was nominated for 12 Grammy awards, but never won.
- She has two stars on the Hollywood walk of fame, one for her work with The Supremes and one for her solo career.
- Her 1981 song "I'm Coming Out" was used in The Princess Diaries (2001) trailer and in the Maid in Manhattan (2002) soundtrack, which was revived by Amerie Rogers.
- Inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Foundation as a member of The Supremes on February 21, 2003.
- Has won the Legendary Female award from the Capitol Gold Legends Award (2003).
- Does not write songs of her own like Linda Ronstadt and Barbra Streisand.
- Won a Special Tony Award in 1977.
- Performed a memorable free concert through a terrible storm in New York City's Central Park in the summer of 1983. The storm caused much damage to the park, and she agreed to pony up the costs of repair a few years later.
- The song "Love Child" was in reference to her affair with 'Berry Gordy , father of her eldest daughter Rhonda.
- The song "Love Child" was in reference to her affair with Berry Gordy, father of her eldest daughter Rhonda.
- She and The Supremes had appeared on "Toast of the Town" (1948) (aka "The Ed Sullivan Show") 17 times from 1964-1969.