Diana Ross

Diana Ross


3/26/1944, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Birth Name

Diane Ernestine Earle Ross



Also Known As

Diane Ernestine Earle Ross, Diane Ross
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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Diana received a lifetime achievement award at the 2007 Black Entertainment Awards in Los Angeles.

    • Diana played a woman suffering from Schizophrenia in the 1993 ABC film Out of The Darkness, earning her three Golden Globe nominations.

    • Diana held a concert in Central Park, the proceeds of which were to go towards a playground in her name. 15 minutes into her show, which was being filmed live for Showtime cable television, it began to rain. Diana urged the audience of 300,000 to safely exit the arena, and return the following day. The following day, over 500,000 came back for one of the largest free concerts in the history of Central Park. The second show caused a problem for Mayor Ed Koch, who objected to the expenseof the 2nd show. To settle, Diana wrote a personal check for $250,000 to recover the remaining costs. The playground was erected 3 years later.

    • Diana wrote two autobiographies: Secrets Of A Sparrow: Memoirs 1993 and Goin' Back (a scrapbook collection of photos & poems).

    • Diana publicly dated actor Ryan O'Neal and KISS frontman Gene Simmons before she married Norwegian business tycoon Arne Naess Jr., in October of 1985. After a long distance marriage, Naess announced he was leaving her, their divorce was finalized in February of 2000.

    • Diana played little league baseball, tap danced and took majorette lessons as a child. It wasn't until her early teens that she developed an interest in singing.

    • Diana was nominated for both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for her 'Best Actress' in Lady Sings The Blues. She won the Golden Globe Award for 'Best Newcomer' but lost the Acacademy Award to her friend Liza Minnelli for her role in Cabaret.

    • Diana worked as Motown Records CEO Berry Gordy Jr.'s secretary in the early 1960s to make ends meet, while her records were being marketed.

    • Diana had problems selling records with RCA in the latter half of the 1980s. By 1989 she went back to Motown, and by 1993 she was becoming more of a pop artist.

    • Diana's third movie role was in 1978 alongside Nipsey Russell, and Michael Jackson in the musical remake of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, titled The Wiz.

    • Diana's second album with RCA was released in October of 1982, Silk Electric. It featured the top ten hit 'Muscles', which was written and produced by good friend Michael Jackson.

    • Diana was immediately a success at RCA Records with her first release through them selling a million. The album was titled after her remake of the Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers hit 'Why Do Fools Fall in Love?'.

    • Diana scored the biggest hit of her musical career with yet another movie theme, 'Endless Love', a duet with Lionel Richie. This was her last big hit with Motown Records, after more than 20 years, she left and joined RCA Records in 1981.

    • Diana went into her second movie, Mahogany in October of 1975. It brought about yet another chart topping hit single with the theme song 'Do You Know Where You're Going To?'.

    • Diana branched into acting, starting with a starring role in the 1972 film biography of jazz legend Billie Holiday, Lady Sings The Blues. The soundtrack was #1 on the Billboard charts, and the film was nominated for an Academy Award.

    • Diana and The Supremes managed to put out 12 #1 pop hits. After their last #1 hit 'Someday We'll Be Together' in 1969, Diana went out on her own to try her hand at a solo career.

    • Diana soon became the focal point of the group, and she was moved to the front and branded the lead singer. Then in 1967, they changed their name from 'The Primettes' to 'Diana Ross and The Supremes'.

    • Diana and her friends Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, and Barbara Martin all had Home Economics together in high school. It was in that class in 1955, that the four decided to put together a vocal quartet, and call themselves The Primettes.

    • Diana says she would love to give Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera singing lessons. Diana is very impressed by the current crop of female singers and insists she would be happy to give up her time to educate any of them privately.

    • Diana Ross sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XVI in 1982.

    • Her parents names are Fred and Ernestine Ross.

    • The Guinness Book Of World Records pronounced her the most successful female artist ever in 1993.

    • She was named 'The Female Entertainer of the Century' by Billboard magazine in 1976.

    • She was the lead singer of The Supremes during the 1960s.

  • Quotes

    • Diana Ross: (On Mary Wilson refusing to do the Supremes Reunion tour) I think if we had offered her the moon, she would not have been happy. I doubled this offer so that she could come and do this tour. She didn't have to pay for anything. Not a hotel room, not a car, not a gown, not a music arrangement, not a set, nothing. All she needed to do was to show up.

    • Diana Ross: (On Evan Ross' first movie role, ATL) Evan's performance was real. I was on the edge of my seat with tears in my eyes

    • Diana: I enjoy Beyonce's music and admire Alicia Keyes, Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey. I'm ready to give advice and support to any of them that wants that. Because Mariah used to ask when I would spend time with her, I am available to discuss what it takes.

    • Diana: I've never found it hard to trust. I trust easily and usually right away. I'll trust you until I find there's a reason why I can't.

    • Diana: I think diva is a positive word. It's the way you carry yourself and it's all about being self-assured. These days everyone is called a diva. I don't like labels and terms like 'legend'. I'm so many different things to so many different people.

    • Diana: I have a really good way of reading people around me. I can tell when there is honesty. I don't have to be stroked unnecessarily. Most of the people I have around me have been with me for a long time. Because I care about them, they care about me.
      I've never found it hard to trust.

    • Diana (on her late, younger brother T-Boy): I've recorded a song, I Want You, that my brother T-Boy wrote for Marvin Gaye years ago. When I listen to Marvin's version, I can hear my brother's voice. I miss my brother terribly, I really do. T-Boy's memory lives on. It's in the music and I have a nephew who looks like him.

    • Diana: I've grown up surrounded by love. It's a wonderful thing to have love around you. To have people who believe in you, care about you, even when you're bad. I'm from a very loving family.

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  • Good singer.

    I best know Diana Ross as the lead singer of the Supremes. Probably a reason why Motown was as big as it was. I really think she wouldn't have made it without being a member of the group. To be honest, she needed them as much as they needed her. I think she has a good voice and has made a name for herself away from the group. I guess some people don't even know that she was a part of Motown when it was around. Overall, she is a good singer and a music great. Very good entertainer as well. Thank you.moreless