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Diana Ross

Real name: Diane Ernestine Earle Ross
Birthdate: N/A
Status: Single

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In 1976, Billboard magazine named her the female entertainer of the century. Guinness 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 solo artist. Ross was the first female solo artist to score six number-ones. She is also one of the few 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 1999, as a solo artist, she was ranked #38 on VH1's "The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll", while The Supremes ranked #16.

That same year, Motown acquired the film rights to the popular Broadway play The Wiz, an African-American reinterpretation of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Although teenage Stephanie Mills, a veteran of the play, was originally cast as Dorothy, Diana Ross convinced Universal Pictures producer Rob Cohen to have Ross cast as Dorothy, As a result, the eleven-year old protagonist of the story was altered into a shy twenty-four year old schoolteacher from Harlem, New York. Among Ross' costars in the film were Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, and her former label mate and protégé Michael Jackson from the Jackson 5. Upon its October 1978 release, the film adaptation of The Wiz was a costly commercial and critical failure, and was Ross' final film for Motown. The accompanying soundtrack album, however, sold over 850,000 copies.Diana Ross' landmark 1980 album, diana, was her final LP for Motown Records before leaving for RCA the following year.

Diana Ross returned to acting in the ABC telefilm, Out of Darkness (1994), in which she played a woman suffering from schizophrenia. Once again, Ross drew critical acclaim for her acting, and scored her third Golden Globe nomination for acting.Ross co-starred with R&B singer Brandy in the ABC television movie Double Platinum in 1999.

The following singles reached the Top Ten on either the United States Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart or the United Kingdom UK Singles chart.
- 1970: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (US #1, UK #6)
- 1970: "Remember Me" (UK #7)
- 1971: "I'm Still Waiting" (UK #1)
- 1971: "Surrender" (UK #10)
- 1973: "Touch Me in the Morning" (US #1, UK #9)
- 1973: "All Of My Life" (UK #9)
- 1974: "You Are Everything" (with Marvin Gaye) (UK #5)
- 1975: "Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" (US #1, UK #5)
- 1976: "Love Hangover" (US #1, UK #10)
- 1980: "Upside Down" (US #1, UK #2)
- 1980: "I'm Coming Out" (US #5)
- 1980: "My Old Piano" (UK #5)
- 1980: "It's My Turn" (US #9)
- 1981: "Endless Love" (with Lionel Richie) (US #1, UK #7)
- 1981: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" (US #7, UK #4)
- 1982: "Mirror Mirror" (US #8)
- 1982: "Work That Body" (UK #7)
- 1982: "Muscles" (US #10)
- 1985: "Missing You" (US #10)
- 1986: "Chain Reaction" (UK #1)
- 1991: "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (UK #2)
- 1992: "One Shining Moment" (UK #10)
- 1999: "Not Over You Yet" (UK #9)
- 2005: "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (with Westlife) (UK #2)


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