The second of six children of Fred and Ernestine Ross, Diana Ross was born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross in Detroit, Michigan on March 26, 1944. She grew up in the Brewster-Douglas Housing Projects. While attending Cass Technical High School, Diana became one of the members of a group called the Primettes, joining her friends Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard and Barbara Martin. Their male counterparts were called the Primes who would later become the Temptations. After Barbara left the group they later changed their name to the Supremes and were signed by Motown Records.
During the 1960ís the Supremes had numerous hits including "Where Did Our Love Go?," "Stop In The Name Of Love," "I Hear a Symphony," "You Canít Hurry Love" and "Love Child." After their popularity soared they became known as Diana Ross and the Supremes. In 1969 Motown president Berry Gordy announced that Diana would be leaving the group and embarking on a solo career. Her solo hits include "Reach Out and Touch (Somebodyís Hand)," "Ainít No Mountain High Enough," "Iím Coming Out," "Touch Me In The Morning," "Upside Down" and a duet with Lionel Richie titled "Endless Love."
In 1972 Diana made her feature film debut in "Lady Sings The Blues." Her portrayal of the late jazz singer Billie Holiday won her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Her other feature film and telefilm credits include "Mahogany," "The Wiz" and "Out Of The Darkness."
Diana has been married twice: to Robert Ellis Silberstein from January 1971 to March 1977, with whom she has two daughters: actress Tracee Ellis Ross and Chudney; and the late Norwegian shipping tycoon Arne Naess, Jr.
from October 1985 to February 2000 with whom she has 2 sons: Ross Arne and actor Evan Olaf. Her oldest daughter, actress/singer Rhonda Ross Kendrick, is the daughter of Berry Gordy.
Diana's film credits include the following:
- Double Platinum (1999)(Tv Movie)
- Out Of Darkness (1994)(Tv Movie)
- The Wiz (1978)
- Mahogany (1975)
- Lady Sings The Blues (1972)
Check out the following sites for additional information about Diana:
Diana Ross@Internet Movie Database
Diana Ross Superstar
A Diana Ross Tribute
Dick's Diana Ross Website
Diana Ross@Classic Motown
The Diana Ross International Fan Club
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Diana Ross News
Diana Ross News, Interviews & Updates