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Diana Ross

March 26, 1944

Artistfacts for Diana Ross

  • Although the name on her birth certificate was Diana, her parents christened her "Diane," and her family and friends called her Diane for the first two decades of her life. After Ross became a professional singer with the Supremes, she went by the name "Diana."
  • On January 14, 1970, Diana Ross gave her final concert with the Supremes at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas.
  • She is the mother of the actress/singer Rhonda Ross Kendrick (her first child) and actress Tracee Ellis Ross (her second child). She had Rhonda with Motown founder Berry Gordy.
  • In 1972, 2 years after going solo, she made her film debut as Billie Holiday in the biopic Lady Sings the Blues. She received an Oscar nomination for her performance, and the film soundtrack went to US #1.
  • In the '70s, she appeared in 2 more films: Mahogany (1975; playing Tracy Chambers/Mahogany) and The Wiz (1978; playing Dorothy). After a while, it was obvious that her music career would always be stronger than her acting career. In 1994, she branched away from music for a while to play a mentally ill drug addict in the telefilm Out of Darkness. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for all above)
  • On December 30, 2002 in Tucson, Arizona, she was pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence. She was charged with three misdemeanor DUIs. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
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