Diana Ross

Diana Ross (whose full name is Diane Ernestine Earle Ross) was born on March 26, 1944 in Detroit, the daughter of Ernestine, a teacher, and Fred, a former soldier in the American army (who, however, she will only meet after her retirement from World War II). Her name at the registry office is Diana, even if in reality her mother intended to call her Diane: a mistake on her birth certificate, in short, is the basis of her stage name, even though she was always called Diane in the family. When she graduated one semester earlier than her classmates in 1962, Diana already started singing in the Primettes, a vocalist group composed of Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard and Barbara Martin, which in 1961 took the name of The Supremes and signed a contract with the record company “Motown Records”.
The success comes with “Where did our love go?”: this is the British version of the album “Meet the Supremes” (released in 1964), which only in England breaks through the wall of 900 thousand copies sold, while in the U.S. exceeds two million. The singles extracted are “Where did our love go?”, “Baby love” and “Come see about me”, all number one in the U.S. charts. By the end of 1968 The Supremes had already sold something like fifty million albums, and they were called to sing in England in front of the Royal Family (but among the audience there were also Roman Polanski, Cat Stevens and Paul McCartney). After “Diana Ross presents The Jackson 5” in 1969, the artist began her solo career the following year. Having won a Grammy Award nomination, in the category “Best female soul singer”, thanks to the song “Ain’t no mountain high enough” (which about three decades later will be used in the film “The diary of Bridget Jones”, along with “You are everything”, sung with Marvin Gaye), he also earned prestigious awards in the cinema: It was 1973, in fact, when the film “The Lady of the Blues” allowed her to be nominated for an Oscar for best actress, by virtue of her performance of the famous jazz singer Billie Holiday, which also earned her a nomination at the Nyfcc Awards and the Bafta Awards and the Golden Globe.The film, starring Richard Pryor and Billy Dee Williams, earned more than twenty-five million dollars at the box office in the United States, surpassing every box-office record, and in addition to Diana Ross’ nomination for an Oscar, she also won four other nominations, including one for the best soundtrack, which she played herself. In Europe, the film was elected “best foreign film” at the Venice Film Festival, becoming the first black singer to appear on the cover of “Rolling Stone”, after the success of “Do you know where you’re going Todel” (presents in the film “Mahogany”, in which she plays), in 1976 she released the single “Love hangover” and was proclaimed “Female entertainer of the XX century” by “Billboard”. Two years later she won a Tony Award for the show “An evening with Diana Ross”, while the film “The wiz” (remake of “The Wizard of Oz”) gave her a nomination for best actress at the Saturn Awards.The eighties began with the excellent sales of “Upside down” and “I’m coming out”, and gave her the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a nomination for the best international song of the year at the Juno Awards: the song is, of course, “Endless love”, played with Lionel Ritchie. Those are the years of important collaborations: we remember the one with Michael Jackson for “Muscles”, with Julio Iglesias for “All of you”, again with Michael Jackson (and Chain Reaction) for “Eaten alive”. She returned to perform in 1991 (the year of “When you tell me that you love me”) in front of Queen Elizabeth II of England, two years later she even entered the Guinness Book of Records, as “the most successful female artist ever”, thanks to the number of singles and records entered the charts in the United Kingdom and the U.S.: only across the Channel, in fact, she won twenty-eight Silver Records, eighteen Gold Records and eight Platinum Records.Having won a new star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame (this time as Diana Ross & The Supremes), she took part in the TV film “Out of the dark” (original title: “Out of darkness”),which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. It was 1995: in the same year, she published “Take higher” and won a Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award, also opening the Rugby League final between Australia and England on stage at the Wembley Stadium in London. Shortly afterwards, while the public was able to appreciate her remake of “I will survive”, Gloria Gaynor’s famous success, Prince Albert of Monaco presented her with the World Music Lifetime Achievement Award, deserved for her “enormous contribution given, during her career, to the world recording industry”; in 1998, however, she won the Songwriter Hall of Fame Hitmaker Award. Shortly afterwards, he produced and played “Il prezzo della gloria” (original title: “Double platinum”), a TV film in which he played the role of Olivia, a successful singer who, twenty years earlier, had left her daughter in swaddling clothes in order not to lose her success, and who now wishes to meet.Diana Ross’ fame remained unchanged even in the 2000s, as demonstrated by the fact that in 2005 one of the brands of “Estèe Lauder Companies”, “Mac Cosmetics”, chose her as an icon of beauty calling her for the production of a new line of cosmetics: a few weeks later, the singer received honorary citizenship from Bertrand Delanoe, mayor of Paris. After receiving the Bet Lifetime Achievement and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Honors Awards, in 2012 she saw her career definitively consecrated by the Grammy Lifetime Achievement.

Discography 

Diana Ross (1970) 

Everything Is Everything (1970) 

Surrender (1971) 

Touch Me in the Morning (1973) 

Diana & Marvin (with Marvin Gaye) (1973) 

Last Time I Saw Him (1973) 

Diana Ross (1976) 

Baby It’s Me (1977) 

Ross (1978) 

The Boss (1979) 

Diana (1980) 

Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1981) 

Silk Electric (1982) 

Ross (1983) 

Swept Away (1984) 

Eaten Alive (1985) 

Red Hot Rhythm & Blues (1987) 

Workin’ Overtime (1989) 

The Force Behind the Power (1991) 

A Very Special Season (1994) 

Take Me Higher (1995) 

Every Day Is a New Day (1999) 

Blue (2006) 

I Love You (2006) 

Soundtrack albu 

Diana! (1971) 

Lady Sings the Blues (1972) 

Mahogany (1975) 

The Wiz (1978) 

Endless Love: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1981) 

Live albums 

Live at Caesars Palace (1974) 

An Evening with Diana Ross (1977) 

Greatest Hits Live (1989) 

Stolen Moments: The Lady Sings… Jazz and Blues (1993) 

Christmas in Vienna (with Plácido Domingo and José Carreras) (1993)