Diana Ross

Vocalist + Music Artist and Actress
Born Mar 26, 1944

Diana Ernestine Earle Ross is an American vocalist, recording artist and actress. Diana Ross was lead singer of the Motown group The Supremes during the 1960s. After leaving the group in 1970, Ross began a solo career that has included successful ventures into film and Broadway. She received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues, for which she won a Golden Globe award.… Read More

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1944 Birth Diana Ross was born at Hutzel Women's Hospital in Detroit on March 26, 1944. … Read More


1958 14 Years Old …  On her 14th birthday in 1958, her family relocated to the working-class Brewster-Douglass housing projects settling at St. Antoine Street. … Read More
1962 18 Years Old Ross graduated from Cass Tech in January 1962. … Read More


1965 - 1969 5 More Events
Following her departure from the Supremes in 1970, Ross released her debut solo album, Diana Ross, which contained the hits "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" and the number-one hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". … Read More
In 1971, the ballad "I'm Still Waiting" became her first number-one single in the UK.
1972 28 Years Old In 1972, the soundtrack to her film debut, Lady Sings the Blues, reached number one on the Billboard 200, selling two million units.
1973 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1973, Ross had her second number-one hit with the ballad "Touch Me in the Morning". … Read More


1976 - 1979 6 More Events
In 1980, Ross released her most successful album to date, diana. … Read More
1981 37 Years Old In October 1981, Ross released her first RCA album, Why Do Fools Fall in Love. … Read More
1982 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1982, Ross sang the "Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XVI and appeared on the dance show Soul Train. … Read More
In 1983, Ross ventured further out of her earlier soul-based sound for a more pop rock-oriented sound following the release of the Ross album. … Read More


1984 40 Years Old In 1984, Ross released Swept Away. … Read More
Her 1985 album, Eaten Alive, found major success overseas with the title track and "Chain Reaction", although neither of the songs became the best-sellers she was once accustomed to in America. … Read More
1987 43 Years Old Ross's 1987 followup to Eaten Alive, Red Hot Rhythm & Blues, found less success than the prior album. … Read More
1988 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1988, Ross chose to not renew her RCA contract. … Read More
1991 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1991, Ross became one of the few American artists to have headlined the annual Royal Variety Performance, when she performed a selection of her UK hits in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London. … Read More


1994 - 1996 2 More Events
In 1999, she was named the most successful female singer in the history of the United Kingdom charts, based upon a tally of her career hits. … Read More
2000 56 Years Old Ross and Næss divorced in 2000. Ross considers Næss the love of her life. Næss was later killed in a South African mountain climbing accident in 2004. … Read More
2002 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2002, Ross entered rehabilitation in May, launched and cancelled a North America solo tour, and was arrested for a DUI in December. … Read More


2005 61 Years Old In 2005, she participated in Rod Stewart's Thanks for the Memory: The Great American Songbook, Volume IV recording a duet version of the Gershwin standard, "I've Got a Crush on You". … Read More
2006 62 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 2006, Universal released Ross's shelved 1972 Blue album. … Read More
2007 - 2010 4 More Events
…  She is a 12-time Grammy nominee, never earning a competitive honor, but later becoming the recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
2013 69 Years Old Ross continues to tour, completing a 2013 South American tour with concerts in Brazil, Argentina and Chile. … Read More
On July 3, 2014, Ross was awarded the Ella Fitzgerald Award for "her extraordinary contribution to contemporary jazz vocals", at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.
2015 71 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2015, Ross appeared in the video for the song "How To Live Alone" performed by her son Evan Ross.
2016 72 Years Old In February 2016, Ross resumed her In the Name of Love Tour which began in 2013. … Read More
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