Diana Ross

Singer, Actor, Fashion designer
Pop superstar Diana Ross graduated from lead singer of the most famous girl group in showbiz (The Supremes) to a solo act combining coy, feline sexuality with slick packaging. Despite obvious acting skills, however ... Read more »
Born: 03/25/1944 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (54)

Christmas in Washington 2012 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

BET Awards '07 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2007 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Oprah Winfrey's Legends' Ball 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2006 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 Billboard Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual American Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The BRIT Awards '97 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 World Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The NFL at 75: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Apollo Theater Hall of Fame 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Diana's World Tour 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Common Future 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/29/89) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Diana Ross... Red Hot Rhythm & Blues 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown Returns to the Apollo 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Diana 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wiz 1978 (Movie)

Dorothy (Actor)

An Evening With Diana Ross 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Mahogany 1975 (Movie)

Tracy Chambers--'Mahogany' (Actor)

Lady Sings the Blues 1972 (Movie)

Billie Holiday (Actor)

Diana 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bing Crosby Show (10/23/68) 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dinah Shore Special -- Like Hep 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Diana Ross in Concert (TV Show)

Actor

Double Platinum (TV Show)

Actor

Out of Darkness (TV Show)

Actor
Music (24)

Young Adult 2011 (Movie)

("When We Grow Up") (Song Performer)

Baby Mama 2008 (Movie)

("Endless Love") (Song Performer)

Chicken Little 2005 (Movie)

("Ain't No Mountain High Enough") (Song Performer)

Juwanna Mann 2002 (Movie)

("I'm Coming Out") (Song Performer)

Maid in Manhattan 2002 (Movie)

("I'm Coming Out") (Song Performer)

54 1998 (Movie)

("The Boss") (Song Performer)

The Last Days of Disco 1998 (Movie)

("I Coming Out") (Song Performer)

In & Out 1997 (Movie)

("I Will Survive") (Song Performer)

"We Are the World": A 10th Anniversary Tribute 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Favor 1994 (Movie)

("Big Bad Love") (Song Performer)

Hawks 1989 (Movie)

("Chain Reaction") (Song Performer)

Slaves of New York 1989 (Movie)

("Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart") (Song Performer)

The Land Before Time 1988 (Movie)

("If We Hold on Together") (Song Performer)

Heaven 1987 (Movie)

("Endless Love") (Song Performer)

Playing for Keeps 1986 (Movie)

("Muscles") (Song Performer)

Tough Guys 1986 (Movie)

("Work That Body") (Song)

Endless Love 1981 (Movie)

("Dreaming of You" "Endless Love") (Song Performer)

It's My Turn 1980 (Movie)

("It's My Turn") (Song Performer)

Underground U.S.A. 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

The Wiz 1978 (Movie)

("Can I Go on Not Knowing" "Soon as I Get Home" "Ease on Down the Road" ""Be a Lion" "Is This What Feeling Gets" "Believe in Yourself") (Song Performer)

Thank God It's Friday 1977 (Movie)

("Lovin' Livin' and Givin'") (Song Performer)

The 48th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Mahogany 1975 (Movie)

("Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)") (Song Performer)

Too Cool for Christmas (TV Show)

Song Performer
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (1)

Mahogany 1975 (Movie)

(Costumes)

Biography

Pop superstar Diana Ross graduated from lead singer of the most famous girl group in showbiz (The Supremes) to a solo act combining coy, feline sexuality with slick packaging. Despite obvious acting skills, however, movie stardom has eluded her thus far. She grew up in the Detroit projects, one of five children. By her late teens, she was singing in a quintet, The Primettes (distaff version of The Primes, a Motown group). In 1961, the group was down to a trio: Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard. They were renamed The Supremes and signed by Motown's star-maker, Berry Gordy Jr. Drilled in harmony and sleekly groomed, The Supremes were marketed for mass popularity.

Relationships

Ernestine Ross

Mother

Chico Ross

Brother

Fred Ross Jr

Brother

Michael Bloomberg

Companion
dated briefly

Berry Gordy Song

Companion
Founder of Motown Records; father of Ross' daughter Rhonda Gordy directed Ross in "Mahogany" (1975)

Arne Naess

Husband
married on October 23, 1985 remarried on February 1, 1986 separated filed for divorce in April 1999 divorced in the Dominican Republic on February 11, 2000 father of Ross' sons Ross and Arne

Evan Naess

Son
born c. 1988

Ross Naess

Son
born October 7, 1987

Fred Ross

Father

Tracee Ellis Ross Song

Child

Arthur Ross

Brother
born c. 1949 murdered in June 1996

Rita Ross

Sister

Evan Ross Song

Son

Robert Silberstein

Husband
married in January 1971 divorced in 1976 father of Ross' daughters Tracee and Chudney

Chudney Silberstein

Daughter
born in 1975

Rhonda Silberstein

Daughter
born in 1971 father Berry Gordy Jr found out that Gordy was her father at age 13 cast on the NBC daytime drama "Another World"

Tracee Silberstein

Daughter
born in 1972

Gene Simmons Actor

Companion
Dated the KISS rocker

EDUCATION

Cass Technical High School

Detroit , Michigan

Milestones

2006

"Blue" a never issued album recorded in 1972, was released (June) after its discovery in the Motown vault

2002

Checked into Promises, a rehab center in Malibu before embarking on a summer tour; three months later cancelled tour altogether

2000

Headlined a concert tour with the Supremes; original group members Florence Birdsong and Mary Wilson did not participate; tour cancelled after performances in 12 cities

1999

Co-starred with Brandy in the ABC TV-movie "Double Platinum"

1994

Made dramatic TV-movie debut, "Out of Darkness"; also executive produced

1994

Received the French Commander of Arts and Letters medal; France's highest arts award

1992

Was played by actress Holly Robinson on the TV miniseries, "The Jacksons: An American Dream"

1987

TV producing debut, the special "Diana Ross . . . Red Hot Rhythm and Blues"

1984

Mary Wilson's autobiography, "Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme", published

1983

Central Park charity concert outing scheduled for July rained out by major torrent while in performance

1982

Reunited with The Supremes for NBC special honoring Motown's 25-year history

1981

Left Motown and signed with RCA and EMI/Capitol

1976

Death of Florence Ballard from a heart attack on February 21

1972

Made feature film acting debut in "Lady Sings the Blues", as Billie Holliday

1970

Performed in first hour-long TV special, "Diana", for NBC

1969

First solo hit, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"

1969

Made final public appearance with the Supremes at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas on January 14

1968

Made final TV appearance with the Supremes on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on December 21

1968

TV acting debut in guest appearance on "Tarzan"; Diana Ross and the Supremes portrayed nuns

1967

Group became Diana Ross and the Supremes in the fall

1967

"Love is Here and Now You're Gone", last single featuring Florence Ballard as group member, released in the spring

1965

The Supremes appeared at The Copacabana in July

1965

First film appearance, with The Supremes singing two songs, including title song, in "Beach Ball"

1964

The Supremes made their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Christmas Eve

1964

"Where Did Our Love Go" by The Supremes went to Number 1 on the record charts in August

1961

Trio is renamed The Supremes and signed by Motown's Berry Gordy Jr.

1960

Two Primettes left group, and Ross continued singing with remaining two, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard

1959

Began singing with The Primettes, a quintette in Detroit (date approxiamte)

Bonus Trivia

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Her website is locates at dianaross.com

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Ross was given a citation from former Vice President Hubert Humphrey on behalf of former President Lyndon Johnson's Youth Opportunity Program

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She received a citation from Mrs. Martin Luther King and Rev. Abernathy for her contribution to the SCLC cause.

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Ross was named Female Entertainer of the Century, BILLBOARD magazine.

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She was also named World's Outstanding Singer by CASHBOX and RECORD WORLD

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Ross is president of Diana Ross Enterprises, Inc., with divisions including Anaid Film Productions, Inc.; Diana Ross Foundation; RTC Management Corporation; Chondee, Inc.; Rosstown, Inc. and Rossville, Inc.

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Ross was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988

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She has received a Golden Apple Award (1972)

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On December 30, 2002, Ross was arrested for drunken driving in Tucson, Arizona; Convicted of a DUI January 09, 2004, sentenced to serve 48 hours in jail and to a year of unsupervised probation

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