Who is Diana Ross? Biography, Wiki, Age, Height, Weight, Family, Facts & More

Diana Ross

Who is Diana Ross?

Diana Ernestine Earle Ross, better known as Diana Ross, is a singer, actor, and record producer from the United States. She is best known as the lead vocalist of the singing group “The Supremes,” which became Motown’s most popular act during the 1960s and is the top-charting female group in US history. The Supremes are also regarded as one of the world’s best-selling female groups of all time, with twelve number-one hit songs on the US Billboard Hot 100: “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Baby Love,” “Come See About Me,” and “Stop! “Back in My Arms Again”, “I Hear a Symphony”, “You Can’t Hurry Love”, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”, “Love is Here and Now You’re Gone”, “The Happening”, “Love Child”, and “Someday We’ll Be Together” Billboard magazine awarded Ross the “Female Entertainer of the Century” in 1976.

Diana was named the most successful female music artist in history by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1993, owing to her success in the United States and the United Kingdom for having more hits than any female artist on the charts, with a career total of 70 hit singles with the Supremes and as a solo artist. She made her theatrical film debut in the musical comedy Beach Ball in 1965. Her performance in the film, however, was uncredited, and she made her first credited appearance in the main part of the biographical drama film, Lady Sings the Blues, in 1972. In addition, in May 2022, Ross released the song “Turn Up the Sunshine.”

Well-known for

  • As a member of “The Supremes.”
  • For releasing many chart-topping songs and selling millions of record albums worldwide.

Early Life

Diana Ross was born on March 26, 1944, with the given name Diana Ernestine Earle Ross. Her birthplace/hometown is Detroit, Michigan, in the United States. Her nationality is American, and she is of mixed heritage. Her ethnicity is black, and she is a Baptist. Diana’s current age is 78, which she celebrated recently in 2022, and her horoscope sign is Aries, according to her birth date. She was born to her parents, Fred Ross, Sr., a U.S. Army veteran, and Ernestine, a schoolteacher. Barbara Ross-Lee (Older Sister) is a physician, Rita Ross (Younger Sister) is a schoolteacher, Fred Ross, Jr. (Younger Brother), Arthur “T-Boy” Ross (Younger Brother) is a songwriter and composer, and Wilbert “Chico” Ross (Younger Brother) is a musician (Dancer).

Barbara Ross-Lee, an American physician, is her older sister. Her grandpa, John E. Ross, was born to Washington Ross and Virginia Baytop in Gloucester County, Virginia. She resided on Belmont Road in Detroit with her family until moving to St. Antoine Street and the Brewster-Douglass housing projects with her family in 1958.

Moving on to Diana’s schooling, she graduated in 1962 from Cass Technical High School, a four-year college preparation magnet school in downtown Detroit. She was also employed at Hudson’s Department Store.

Celebrated Name Diana Ross
Age 78 Years
Nick Name Diana Ross
Birth Name Diana Ernestine Earle Ross
Birth Date 1944-03-26
Gender Female
Profession Singer
Nationality American
Birth Nation USA
Place Of Birth Detroit, Michigan
Ethnicity Mixed
Race Black
Awards American Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award
Famous For Being a member of “The Supremes”, which is best known for their tremendous success in the 60s
Best Known For For releasing multiple chart-topping singles and has sold millions of record albums all over the world
Horoscope Aries
Religion Baptist
Father Fred Ross, Sr.
Mother Ernestine
Siblings 5
Sisters Barbara Ross-Lee; Rita Ross
Brothers Fred Ross, Jr.; Arthur “T-Boy” Ross; Wilbert “Chico” Ross
Grand Parents John E. Ross (Grandfather)
High School Cass Technical High School
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Married
Husband 2; Robert Ellis Silberstein and Arne Næss Jr. (Divorce)
Children 5
Daughter 3; Rhonda Ross, Chudney Ross, Tracey
Son 2; Evan and Ross Naess
Source of Wealth Singing Career
Net Worth $250 Million
Salary Unknown
Body Measurement 34-25-35 in
Breast Size 34 in
Waist Size 25 in
Hip Size 35 in
Shoe Size 9 US
Bra Cup Size 34C
Dress Size 6 US
Links Instagram  Facebook  Twitter  Youtube

Professional Career

  • Diana Ross begins her career by auditioning for Motown Records as a member of the Primettes, a sister group of the Primes, a male singing group.
  • She was the group’s hairdresser, seamstress, and costume designer.
    Ross sang lead on one of the tunes that the band recorded for Lu Pine Records.
  • After replacing McGlown with Barbara Martin in late 1960, the Primettes were permitted to record their own songs in Hitsville’s studio, many of which were written by “Smokey” Robinson, who was now vice president of Motown (“Your Heart Belongs to Me” and “A Breathtaking Guy”).
  • She recorded their debut song, “When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes,” in 1963, and sang lead vocals on it.
  • She sang lead vocals for “The Supremes” again in 1964, for their smash song “Where Did Our Love Go,” which reached the music charts.
  • In a 1968 episode of the classic NBC TV series Tarzan, the group began as a trio of singing nuns.
  • Between their first single, “Forever Came Today,” in early 1968, and their last record with Ross, “Someday We’ll Be Together,”
  • Diana fainted on stage during a concert in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1967, and had to be hospitalized for fatigue.
  • Then, in 1968, she began performing solo on television specials, including the Supremes’ own specials such as TCB and G.I.T. on Broadway, The Dinah Shore Show, and a Bob Hope special, among others.
  • In May 1970, she released her first solo album, “Diana Ross,” on the Motown label, and contained her first solo hit, “Reach Out and Touch.”
  • On November 3, 1970, she released her second album, “Everything Is Everything,” which included the smash track “I’m Still Waiting,” which reached number one on the UK music charts.
  • Her third solo album, “Surrender,” was released in 1971 and was both critically and financially successful.
  • The title track from the album, “Surrender,” was a great success in the United Kingdom.
    She portrayed jazz singer Billie Holiday in the Academy Award-nominated historical drama film “Lady Sings the Blues” in 1972.
  • The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973.
  • In 1973, she released her first album, “Touch Me in the Morning,” on the Motown Records label, and the title tune became a number one smash on the music charts.
  • In 1976, she released her second self-titled album, “Diana Ross,” which became one of her best-selling albums and included the smash songs “Love Hangover” and “Theme from Mahogany.”
  • Eventually following year, in 1977, she headlined the famous one-woman show “An Evening with Diana Ross,” which was later converted into an album and was an award-winning production.

  • In 1979, she released “The Boss,” an album produced by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson that sold well and was certified platinum.
  • Her platinum-certified pop/contemporary “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” album was released in 1981, her first album after leaving the Motown label.
  • In order to promote this record, she embarked on a successful global tour.
    On September 13, 1984, she released the album “Swept Away,” which spawned many hit singles.
  • “Missing You,” “Swept Away,” and “Telephone” are among the singles.
  • In 1991, she released the album “The Force Behind the Power,” which was a somewhat popular record in other areas of the globe but not in the United States.
  • In 1994, she participated in the television film “Out of Darkness,” in which she portrayed a psychotic patient named “Paulie Cooper,” for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Actress.”
  • Her studio album, “Take Me Higher,” was published in 1995, and many of her admirers regarded it as one of her best efforts.
  • She was one of the key headliners for “VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute To Diana Ross” in the year 2000.
  • It was a benefit performance for the “VH1 Save The Music Foundation.”
  • She published the album “I Love You” in 2006, both in the United States and in parts of Europe, and it included the songs “I Want You,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and “Remember.”
  • Ross sang at the Nobel Peace Prize performance in 2008, and among the songs she sang were “Where Did Our Love Go” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” among others.
  • In the year 2012, she participated in the TV show “Christmas in Washington,” which was an annual TV special program that included various celebrities from the entertainment industry.
  • She finished a tour in South America and another in the United States in 2013.
  • She made an appearance in the video for her son Evan Ross’s song “How to Live Alone” in 2015.
  • On April 1, 2015, she started the first of nine concerts as part of her mini-residency, The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade, at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Diana Ross Sings Songs from The Wiz, recorded in 1978, was released on November 27, 2015, by Motown Records/Universal.
  • Billboard magazine ranked her the 50th most successful dance musician of all time in December 2016.
  • Ross made several hour-long appearances on the Home Shopping Network in December 2017 to promote her first fragrance, Diamond Diana, and also released a tie-in CD retrospective collection of her music entitled “Diamond Diana,” which peaked at number six on the Billboard R&B Albums chart and number five on the Top Album Sales chart.
  • She launched a new mini-residency at The Wynn Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on February 8, 2018.
  • In 2019, her song “The Boss” was remixed by Eric Kupper and charted at number one on Billboard’s Top Dance Chart on April 13th.
  • She cemented her title as a dance diva in December 2018 by finishing third on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Artists year-end list.
  • Diana Ross was revealed as the Sunday legends slot on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival for the festival’s 50th anniversary on October 10, 2019.
  • Following that, in May 2020, she released “Supertonic: Mixes,” and in November 2021, she released her twenty-fifth studio album “Thank You,” which was written and recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and features her first original work since 1999’s “Every Day Is a New Day.”
  • In May 2022, Diana released the song “Turn Up the Sunshine.”

Diana Ross Awards and Achievements

Diana Ross was the first African-American woman to co-host the 46th Academy Awards in April 1974, with John Huston, Burt Reynolds, and David Niven. Red Hot Rhythm & Blues (No. 39 Billboard Top R&B Albums chart; No. 12 Sweden), her 1987 follow-up to Eaten Alive, was less successful. The renowned television special was nominated for three Emmy Awards, winning two (Outstanding Costume Design for a Variety or Music Program-Ray Aghayan and Ret Turner; Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Miniseries or Special-Greg Brunton). She earned the World Music Awards’ Lifetime Contribution to the Music Industry Award in May 1996. Ross was named Humanitarian of the Year by Nile Rodgers’ We Are Family Foundation in January 2003. Ross was later acknowledged as an honoree at the National Association of Black-Owned Broadcasters Awards.

Ross received the BET Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 and was subsequently named one of the Kennedy Center Honorees. On November 19, 2017, she was honored with the American Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. The Recording Academy recognized Ross during the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019. On November 16, 2016, she was named one of 21 winners of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian award.

Diana Ross Husband

Diana Ross is a married lady, having been married twice and having five children.  In the year 1965, she got romantically linked with Motown CEO Berry Gordy. The connection lasted many years, culminating in the birth of Ross’s oldest child, Rhonda Suzanne Silberstein, in August 1971. Two months into her pregnancy with Rhonda, in January 1971, Ross married music businessman Robert Ellis Silberstein, who raised Rhonda as his own daughter, despite knowing her actual father. With him, she had two children with Silberstein, Tracee Joy, and Chudney Lane Silberstein, born in 1972 and 1975, respectively. Ross and Silberstein divorced in 1977. After that, she dated Gene Simmons, bass guitarist, and vocalist for the band Kiss, from 1980 until 1983. After that, she met her second husband, Norwegian shipping mogul, Arne Naess Jr., in 1985, and married him the following year.

She became stepmother to his three oldest children; Katinka, Christoffer, and folk singer Leona Naess. They have two kids together: Ross Arne (born in 1987) and Evan Olav (born in 1988). (born in 1988). The two eventually separated in 2000, when news reports revealed that Naess had fathered a kid with another lady in Norway. Arne fell to his death in a South African mountain climbing mishap in 2004. As of today, she is enjoying a nice life with her children. Furthermore, talking about her sexual orientation, she is straight.

Diana Ross Net Worth

Diana Ross has acquired a significant amount of money. As of 2022, the net worth of Diana Ross is projected to have $250 Million however her actual income is unclear but there is no question in the mind of her supporters that she is making a large amount of money. Her biggest source of money comes from her singing profession including her songs and album sales, records, and more. She appears to be enjoying her money since, with her nine figures net worth, she lives and owns two properties.

One goes for nothing less than $39 million while the other is worth her net worth. The most popular Diana Ross automobile is the 300c type she drives produced by Chrysler for some considerable dollars. She is enjoying a wealthy lifestyle today.

Diana Ross Height

Diana Ross is a really gorgeous lady with a thin body structure. She has got a towering height of 5 ft 4.5 in or 164 cm and her weight includes 56 Kg. She has lovely black hair and dark brown eyes hue. Her physique measures 34-25-35 in (breast-waist-hip) (breast-waist-hip). Her shoe size is 9 US and her dress size is 6 US. Her bra cup size is 34C.

Did You Know?

  • She received a Golden Globe for her work as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues in 1972.
  • She was neighbors with Smokey Robinson in Detroit when she was eight and dreamt of becoming a fashion designer.
  • She worked as a secretary for Motown Album CEO Berry Gordy Jr. when her records were being promoted in the 1960s.
  • She starred in the 1978 film The Wiz with Michael Jackson.
  • Following departing from the Supremes in 1970, Ross went on a successful solo career in music, cinema, television, and on stage.

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