Diana Ross (born Diane Early; March 26, 1944) is an American singer and actress.
During the 1960s, she helped shape the Motown Sound as lead singer of The
Supremes before leaving for a solo career at the beginning of 1970. Since the
beginning of her career with The Supremes and as a solo artist, Diana has sold
more than 100 million records.
During the 1970s and through the mid 1980s, Diana was one of the most successful female artists, crossing over into film, television and Broadway.
Diana Ross received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her 1972 role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues.
Diana Ross won a Golden Globe award for Lady Sings the Blues. She won
American Music Awards, garnered twelve Grammy Award nominations, and won a Tony
Award for her one-woman show, An Evening with Diana Ross in 1977.
In 1976, Billboard magazine named her the "Female Entertainer of the Century." The Guinness Book Of World Records declared Diana Ross as the most successful female music artist of the 20th century with a total of eighteen American number-one singles: twelve as lead singer of The Supremes and six as a soloist. Diana was the first female solo artist to score six number-ones. This feat puts her in a tie for fifth place among solo female artists with the most No. 1s on the Hot 100. Diana Ross is also one of the few recording artists to have two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame--one as a solo artist and the other as a member of The Supremes. In December 2007, she received a John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Honors Award.
Including her work with The Supremes, Diana has recorded 61 studio albums. Diana is a lyric soprano.
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