Diana Ross

American vocalist, music artist and actress Diana Ross

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.
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Hollywood Bowl 2018: Gustavo, 'Annie,' Diana Ross, the Go-Go's and 'Goblet of Fire'
LATimes - 4 days
With a 24/7 news cycle delivering one stress-inducing headline after another, it may feel like a hard-knock life. But when the Hollywood Bowl announces its 2018 lineup Wednesday, the summer series will offer some comfort in the form of a lineup emphasizing human connection and heartfelt tradition. ...
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The Moviegoer, Feb. 11-17
LATimes - 16 days
“Mahogany” The 1975 Diana Ross vehicle is most memorable these days for its stirring theme song, but several of the plot lines are decidedly timely. Ross’ aspiring fashion designer finds herself in a manipulative and sexually confusing relationship with a Svengali-like high-fashion photographer...
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The Story Behind 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough'
Wall Street Journal - 27 days
How a walk down Central Park West inspired the love song that Diana Ross took to the top of the charts.
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WATCH: Diana Ross, Pink steal the show at the 2017 AMAs
ABC News - 3 months
Ross received a lifetime achievement award while Pink joined Kelly Clarkson for a tribute to first responders and then returned to deliver a show-stopping performance off the side of a hotel.
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15-year-old girl appears in court on charges she murdered her mother in Gary
Chicago Times - 7 months
As attorneys discussed procedural matters Tuesday in a Lake County courtroom, the judge asked Chastinea Reeves how old she is. "Fifteen," Reeves responded. "Fifteen?" said Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell. Reeves was charged as an adult last week with murder in the death of her mother,...
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Diana Ross Wore White To A Wedding And It Was Totally Stunning
Huffington Post - 9 months
Stop! In the name of impeccable wedding style. Wearing white to a wedding is typically frowned upon. But we should have figured such rules don’t apply to the one and only Diana Ross. Or that this wedding ― a Saturday affair celebrating her son Ross Naess and wife Kimberly Ryan ― would be anything but typical. A post shared by Tracee Ellis Ross (@traceeellisross) on Jun 12, 2017 at 12:57pm PDT The rustic, outdoorsy affair, which looked plucked from our wildest dreams, involved a hefty number of flower crowns, a larger than life top hat and the bride in a beautifully patterned bohemian-style gown.  It also included Ross, her daughter Tracee Ellis Ross and what appears to be the entire bridal party wearing all white, too. Anyone else having flashbacks to Solange Knowles’ chic all-white wedding photos? A post shared by Tracee Ellis Ross (@traceeellisross) on Jun 12, 2017 at 1:45pm PDT While many fashion and wedding magazine...
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Gary mother of 7 found guilty in 2015 kidnap, murder of teen brothers
Chicago Times - 9 months
A Lake Superior Court jury deliberated about three hours Friday before convicting a Gary woman of all charges in the execution-style murders of two teenage brothers in 2015. Jeri Latoya Woods, 35, was handcuffed after the verdict was read by Judge Diane Ross Boswell. She was found guilty of two...
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Musician to the Stars, Ozzie Melendez, Finally Takes Center Stage
Huffington Post - 9 months
Ozzie Melendez's bags are packed. On this afternoon, Melendez admits he’s feeling a bit stressed. He has a long to-do list he must check off before his flight in the morning. For the next month he will be touring Costa Rica and Mexico with Marc Anthony, the best-selling salsa artist of all time. Melendez is familiar with this pace. For over three decades he has been traveling the world playing trombone for some the biggest stars of all time. During one week this past April, Melendez had to prepare for three gigs with three very different artists. First, he was in Connecticut with Bernie Williams, the former Major League Baseball player turned Latin jazz musician. Two days later he shared the stage with the legendary Diana Ross for three nights in New York City. He wrapped the week with Marc Anthony in South America. When Melendez is on stage looking at the sold-out audiences, he says there are times he is overwhelmed. "It's something I've always dreamed about as a kid...
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Diana Ross Shares 'Endless Love' With Her Fans During Rare NYC Performance
Huffington Post - 10 months
Ain’t no mountain high enough to keeping Diana Ross from connecting with her die-hard fans. On Monday, the legendary singer kicked off a rare five-night engagement at Manhattan’s New York City Center. Appearing before a sold-out crowd, Ross performed a selection of hits from her 50-plus-year career, including “Baby Love,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Upside Down,” “Love Hangover” “The Boss,” “It’s My Turn” and “Endless Love.” The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has had other memorable performances in the Empire State, such as her one-woman show on Broadway in 1976 and her 1983 concert in Central Park. She told those in attendance Monday, including HuffPost, that her return to the city was euphoric.  “Thank you for such a wonderful welcome back home,” she said. “I have endless memories … so many memories. You know, Central Park … and it’s so lovely to see your faces like this. Thank you.” Prior to taking the stage on Monday night, Ross spoke to BroadwayWorld.com about ...
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Joni Sledge, Member Of 'We Are Family' Group Sister Sledge, Dead At 60
Huffington Post - 12 months
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The Grammy Awards 20 Years Ago Were So Typically '90s
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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New Petula Clark Musical From Bruce Vilanch Could Be Headed to Broadway
Huffington Post - about 1 year
From penning witty zingers for the Tony Awards to hosting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraisers, Bruce Vilanch is no stranger to the New York theatre community. In 2005, Vilanch even starred as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. When the Hollywood funnyman returns to Broadway, though, he hopes it’s as writer of the next great jukebox musical. “Think Mamma Mia!” said Vilanch when describing his new musical Sign of the Times. “In fact, please think Mamma Mia! -- because Mamma Mia! ran only 12 years, so please think of that!” Like other “jukebox musicals” -- productions such as Jersey Boys and Beautiful - The Carole King Musical -- Sign of the Times utilizes hit pop songs rather than an original score. In this case, the music of Grammy Award-winning, ‘60s British pop icon Petula Clark “and other hit-makers of the day” takes center stage. “When I was in college, and I was hearing Petula’s music, every time I would hear one of her songs, I’d say, ‘What show is that from?’” the come...
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20 Female Empowerment Anthems That Will Get You Pumped For The Women's March
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This article is adapted from a post originally published on my blog, Musings from The FeMOMist, on June 1, 2016. To read the original piece, click here. Are you planning to march on January 21st, either in Washington, DC at the Women’s March on Washington, or at one of the sister marches throughout the country? I know that I am, and I am hopeful that the March will be an epic turning point for women’s rights in this country; possibly the one silver lining to come out of the 2016 election. The March is about justice and equality for all women, which shouldn’t be a controversial concept, yet pop culture and our society at large are constantly sending messages to girls and women that justice and equality is overrated or is somehow unnecessary. Cue these fierce anthems of female empowerment, recorded by women artists from the 1960s until the present, which help combat patriarchal notions that are deeply engrained in our psyches. Why not make a playlist and play it on an endless lo...
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The Queer Icons Still With Us In 2017
Huffington Post - about 1 year
There’s an urban legend that the Stonewall riots happened because gays were so upset by the death of Judy Garland. That never understood that until 2016, when we were all devastated by the loss of one queer icon after another ― David Bowie, George Michael, Debbie Reynolds, Alexis Arquette and so many more. There was even a rumor John Waters was about to go ― turns out he was just celebrating Christmas by passing a kidney stone. So don’t worry, John’s fine. And so are a ton of fabulous queer icons who are not just still alive, but producing some amazing work. And not just just kidney stones. Whether they’re gay themselves, or allies, or somewhere in between, the LGBT community’s role models are particularly important, since we’re often rendered invisible or closeted. When you hardly ever see your community held up as aspirational, you learn to be protective of the ones who make it, like Wanda Sykes, or the allies who’ve stood by us, like Cyndi Lauper. A lot o...
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Party Coverage: Scene City: Carolina Herrera, Diana Ross and Emmy Rossum at Lincoln Center Gala
NYTimes - about 1 year
The fashion designer was given the Women’s Leadership Award by the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, followed by a 20-minute performance by Ms. Ross.
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Ellen DeGeneres Was Denied Entry Into The White House For The Silliest Reason
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Just because you’re one of the most beloved talk show hosts in America ― and you’re receiving the nation’s highest civilian honor ― doesn’t mean you can just walk right into the White House.  Ellen DeGeneres learned that the hard way on Tuesday, while heading to President Barack Obama’s current home to receive her Presidential Medal of Freedom. “They haven’t let me in to the White House yet because I forgot my ID,” the actor and comedian tweeted hours before the very important ceremony. “#NotJoking.” They haven't let me in to the White House yet because I forgot my ID. #NotJoking#PresidentialMedalOfFreedom pic.twitter.com/sHocwqChKV — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) November 22, 2016 DeGeneres was one of 21 people invited to the White House to be honored by the president with the Medal of Freedom ― considered the highest civilian award one can receive in the United States. She was honored alongside some of the most revered and groundbreaking performers, ...
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President Obama Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Robert de Niro, Diana Ross and More - TIME
Google News - over 1 year
TIME President Obama Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Robert de Niro, Diana Ross and More TIME SAUL LOEB—AFP/Getty Images US President Barack Obama presents actress and comedian Ellen DeGeneres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, during a ceremony honoring 21 recipients, in the East Room of the ... Springsteen, Hanks, DeGeneres honored with Presidential Medal of FreedomUSA TODAY Obama's Medal of Freedom Picks Part of LegacyNBCNews.com Video: President Obama's speech honoring Vin ScullyLos Angeles Times Chicago Tribune -Sports Illustrated -The Boston Globe -Asbury Park Press all 97 news articles »
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Diana Ross
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 71
    In February 2016, Ross resumed her In the Name of Love Tour which began in 2013.
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  • 2015
    Age 70
    On April 1, 2015, Ross began the first of nine performances as a part of her mini-residency, The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade at The Venetian Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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    In 2015, Ross appeared in the video for the song "How To Live Alone" performed by her son Evan Ross.
  • 2014
    Age 69
    In 2014, singer Ashlee Simpson became Ross's daughter-in-law, through her marriage to Ross's son Evan.
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    On November 20, 2014, Ross presented for the very first time the Dick Clark Award for Excellence to Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards.
    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.
  • 2013
    Age 68
    Ross continues to tour, completing a 2013 South American tour with concerts in Brazil, Argentina and Chile.
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  • 2012
    Age 67
    On November 6, 2012, Ross performed for a crowd in India for Naomi Campbell's then billionaire boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin, at his 50th birthday, earning $500,000 for the performance.
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    In February 2012, Ross received her first ever Grammy Award, for Lifetime Achievement, and announced the nominees for the Album of the Year.
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    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.
  • 2010
    Age 65
    In 2010, Ross embarked on her first headlining tour in three years titled the More Today Than Yesterday: The Greatest Hits Tour.
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  • 2009
    Age 64
    Ross returned to the festival in 2009, garnering positive reviews.
  • 2008
    Age 63
    In January 2008, at Jamaica's Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, Ross's performance was booed by audience members-seated near the rear of the venue-who were annoyed by her decision to turn off the large video screens adjacent to the stage.
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  • 2007
    Age 62
    In 2007, she was honored twice, first with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards, and later as one of the honorees at the Kennedy Center Honors.
  • 2006
    Age 61
    Later in 2006, Ross released her first studio album in seven years with I Love You.
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    In June 2006, Universal released Ross's shelved 1972 Blue album.
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  • 2005
    Age 60
    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".
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2002
    Age 57
    In 2002, after spending two years away from the spotlight and after a stint in jail for committing a DUI, Ross returned to live touring, first in Europe and then in the United States all within the same year.
    In 2002, Ross entered rehabilitation in May, launched and cancelled a North America solo tour, and was arrested for a DUI in December.
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  • 2000
    Age 55
    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.
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  • 1999
    Age 54
    In 1999, Ross and mega-tour promoter SFX (which later became LiveNation) began negotiations regarding a Diana Ross tour which would include a Supremes segment.
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    Later that year, Ross presented at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards in September of the year and shocked the audience by touching rapper Lil' Kim's exposed breast, pasty-covered nipple, amazed at the young rapper's brashness.
    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.
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  • 1996
    Age 51
    On January 28, 1996, she performed the Halftime Show at Super Bowl XXX.
  • FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 49
    Ross performed during the Opening Ceremony of the 1994 FIFA World Cup held in Chicago and during the pre-match entertainment of the 1995 Rugby League World Cup final at Wembley Stadium.
  • 1991
    Age 46
    Ross's music sold well in international markets from 1991 to 1994.
    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.
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  • 1988
    Age 43
    When she learned of Gordy's plans to sell Motown, Ross tried advising him against the decision though he sold it to MCA Records in 1988. (The first and only single, "If We Hold on Together", theme song from the Steven Spielberg animated film, The Land Before Time, became a huge number-one international single in Japan and currently ranks as the #24th Best Selling International Single of All Time in Japan).
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    In 1988, Ross chose to not renew her RCA contract.
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  • 1987
    Age 42
    Ross's 1987 followup to Eaten Alive, Red Hot Rhythm & Blues, found less success than the prior album.
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  • 1985
    Age 40
    Ross met her second husband, Norwegian shipping magnate Arne Næss, Jr. in 1985 and married him the following year.
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    Earlier in 1985, she had appeared as part of USA for Africa on the '"We Are the World"' charity single, which sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1984
    Age 39
    In 1984, Ross released Swept Away.
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  • 1983
    Age 38
    After her 1983 concert in Central Park, Diana Ross Playground was named in her honor with a groundbreaking opening ceremony in 1986.
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    On July 21, 1983, Ross performed a concert in Central Park for a taped Showtime special.
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    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.
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  • 1982
    Age 37
    In 1982, she followed up the success of Why Do Fools Fall in Love with Silk Electric, which featured the Michael Jackson-written and -produced "Muscles", resulting in another top-ten success for Ross.
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    In early 1982, Ross sang the "Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XVI and appeared on the dance show Soul Train.
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  • 1981
    Age 36
    In October 1981, Ross released her first RCA album, Why Do Fools Fall in Love.
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  • 1980
    Age 35
    Ross dated Gene Simmons, bass guitar and vocals for the band Kiss, from 1980 to 1983.
    Ross scored a Top 10 hit in late 1980 with the theme song to the 1980 film It's My Turn.
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    Ross began negotiating to leave Motown at the end of 1980 after discovering she only had access to $300,000 USD, despite making millions of dollars for the label.
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    In 1980, Ross released her most successful album to date, diana.
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  • 1979
    Age 34
    After the albums, Baby It's Me and Ross, tanked, she released The Boss, in 1979.
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  • 1978
    Age 33
    The film adaptation of The Wiz had been a $24 million production, but upon its October 1978 release, it earned only $21,049,053 at the box office.
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  • 1977
    Age 32
    Ross and Silberstein divorced in 1977, and Ross moved to New York City in the early 1980s, after living in Los Angeles since Motown relocated to the area in the early 1970s.
    A two-week stint at Broadway's Palace Theatre in 1977 led to the Emmy-nominated television special, An Evening with Diana Ross, and a Special Tony Award.
  • 1976
    Age 31
    Ross reunited with Mary Wilson first in 1976 to attend the funeral service of Florence Ballard, who had died in February of that year.
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    A year later, in 1976, she began recording disco music, scoring with the international hit, "Love Hangover", which gave the singer a fourth chart-topper in the US.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 28
    Touring throughout 1973, Ross became the first entertainer in Japan's history to receive an invitation to the Imperial Palace for a private audience with the Empress Nagako, wife of Emperor Hirohito.
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    In 1973, Ross had her second number-one hit with the ballad "Touch Me in the Morning".
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  • 1972
    Age 27
    In 1972, the soundtrack to her film debut, Lady Sings the Blues, reached number one on the Billboard 200, selling two million units.
  • 1971
    Age 26
    Two months into her pregnancy with Rhonda, in January 1971, Ross married music executive Robert Ellis Silberstein, who chose to raise Rhonda as his own daughter.
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    The relationship lasted several years, resulting in the birth of Ross's eldest child, Rhonda Suzanne Silberstein, in August 1971.
    Later in 1971, Ross starred in her first solo television special, Diana!, which included The Jackson 5.
    In 1971, the ballad "I'm Still Waiting" became her first number-one single in the UK.
  • 1970
    Age 25
    In May 1970, Ross released her eponymous solo debut, which included her signature songs, "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", the latter becoming Ross' first number-one solo single.
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    Ross made her final appearance with the Supremes at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 14, 1970.
    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".
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  • 1969
    Age 24
    In mid-1969, Gordy decided that Ross would depart the group by the end of that year, and Ross began recording her initial solo work that July.
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  • 1968
    Age 23
    In 1968, Ross started performing as a solo artist on television specials, including the Supremes' own specials such as TCB and G.I.T. on Broadway, The Dinah Shore Show and a Bob Hope special, among others.
    Between their early 1968 single "Forever Came Today" and their final single with Ross, "Someday We'll Be Together", Ross would be the only Supremes member to be featured on many of their recordings, accompanied by session singers the Andantes.
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  • 1966
    Age 21
    Gordy initially thought of Ross leaving the Supremes for a solo career in 1966, changing his mind when he figured the group's success was still too significant for Ross to pursue solo obligations.
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  • 1965
    Age 20
    In 1965, Ross became romantically involved with Motown CEO Berry Gordy.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1962
    Age 17
    Ross graduated from Cass Tech in January 1962.
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  • 1958
    Age 13
    On her 14th birthday in 1958, her family relocated to the working-class Brewster-Douglass housing projects settling at St. Antoine Street.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Diana Ross was born at Hutzel Women's Hospital in Detroit on March 26, 1944.
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