Diana Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer and actress who became an international icon as the lead vocalist of the Supremes and preeminent solo artist.
Her career began in 1959 when she and several neighborhood friends formed a vocal group originally called the Primettes. The group signed a recording contract with Motown the following year and was renamed the Supremes. The Supremes produced 12 number one hits on the pop-charts and are not only the best charting girl group in US history, but as well as one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. In 1967 the group was renamed Diana Ross and the Supremes and a few years later Ross launched her solo career.
From the time Diana Ross’s debut album hit the streets in 1970, she topped the charts for over a decade in multiple categories. In 1972 she began her acting career starring as blues singer Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues and received a Golden Globe Award as well as an Academy Award nomination for her performance. Ross followed with Mahogany (1975) and The Wiz in (1978).
Diana Ross has continued to wow concert audiences over the years as one of the best musical performers of her time with a career total of 70 hit singles. In 1988 Diana Ross was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Supremes, in 2012 she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2016 she was awarded the Presidential Metal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
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