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Diane Ernestine (Diana) Ross (Detroit, Michigan, March 26, 1944) is an American soul singer. She became known with The Supremes and then started a successful solo career.
She was born the second in a family of six children. Together with Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard and Barbara Martin, she formed The Primettes in 1959. After signing with Motown in 1960, the group was renamed The Supremes in 1961. Barbara Martin left the group shortly afterwards. In 1967 they became Diana Ross and the Supremes. Florence Ballard was fired by Motown owner Berry Gordy, after which Cindy Birdsong joined and they again formed a singing trio.
In October 1969, Ross left the group and embarked on a solo career that also proved successful. Her first big hit was a new version of Ashford & Simpson's Ain't No Mountain High Enough in 1970. She then starred in a film version of Billie Holiday's life, Lady Sings the Blues. She received an Oscar nomination for her role.
In 1978 Ross played the role of Dorothy in the movie musical The Wiz. Michael Jackson played the role of scarecrow.
Her 1981 duet with Lionel Richie, Endless Love, turned out to be the best-selling single of her career. It was her last hit on the Motown label.
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