There is no way to cover all of an iconic superstar like Diana Ross in one page nor an entire magazine cover to cover. She is incomparable, and in 1993, the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed this truth by stating that Ross was the most successful female artist of all time. The singer, who was sweetly nicknamed Wiggletail as a little girl, was born in Detroit, Michigan, on March 26, 1944.
Who would have ever guessed that a few girls from the Motor City would go on to become international sensations that would chart twelve #1 hits in just five years? The Supremes (originally named The Primettes) consisted of Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard. Their tenacity paid off. They signed a recording contract with the owner of Motown Records Berry Gordy. “Berry is the biggest visionary ever, he’s the one who thought I could be an actress. He even put his money where his mouth was and invested his hard earned dollars in me so I could do Lady Sings the Blues,” Ross said when talking about her great mentor on the Inside The Actors Studio cable program. Besides all the fame and accolades, her five children are the true loves of her life: Rhonda, Tracee, Chudney, Ross and Evan. She made many sacrifices to balance a demanding entertainment career with dedicated family life. Ross went on to add six more #1 hits as a solo artist for a grand total of eighteen #1 hits. Her many achievements include a Golden Globe, a Tony Award, several American Music Awards, a BET Lifetime Award, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, two Hollywood Walk of Fame stars, (one for her work as a solo artist and the other as a member of The Supremes), a John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Honor Award, an NAACP Entertainer Award, an International Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Music Awards, a Billboard’s Female Entertainer of the Century Award and The Supremes’ induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. Ross has and will continue to inspire and be a role model par excellence.
Words: By Chris Wyatt