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Ross, Diana (1944–)

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ROSS, DIANA (1944–). Singer, actress. Diana Ross began her career as the lead singer of the Supremes, one of the most successful singing groups in musical history. She was born in Detroit and raised in a housing project. After losing a role in a school musical, she teamed with friends Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard to form their own group. In 1960, while high school seniors, the trio was hired by Motown Records to sing background for Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells. After graduation, they were named the Supremes and toured with the Motor Town Revue. Their first number one hit was “Where Did Our Love Go?” Over the next 10 years, they charted 15 back-to-back hit singles with five number one hits in a row. Ross went solo in 1969. Along with recording albums, she scheduled a nightclub tour and starred on her own self-named television show. She portrayed legendary singer Billy Holiday in the Motown-produced film Lady Sings the Blues , 1972, and received an Academy Award nomination. She would also star as Dorothy in the film version of the highly successful stage play The Wiz , inspired by the popular Hollywood film The Wizard of Oz .

Filmography: Lady Sings the Blues , 1972; Mahogany , 1975; The Wiz , 1978; Double Platinum , 1999.

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