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Diana Ross

Highest Rated:   75% Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Lowest Rated:   23% Mahogany (1975)
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Birthplace:   Detroit, MI, USA
African-American musical superstar Diana Ross may well be a by-product of the almost crippling shyness she has suffered since childhood. Reportedly, it took a lot out of young Ross to work up the courage to sing in her church choir; but once she decided that music was to be her bread and butter, there was no stopping her. With Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson, Ross formed the now-legendary R&B "girl group" the Supremes, which was elevated from a local Detroit attraction to international renown by Motown Records maven Berry Gordy. When Florence Ballard was replaced by Cindy Birdsong in 1967, the group's name was changed to Diana Ross and the Supremes (which it had essentially been all along). Ross struck out on her own in 1969; within 12 months, her popularity was such that she was voted Entertainer of the Year by the NAACP. In 1972, she made her long-anticipated film debut in Lady Sings the Blues, delivering a bravura performance as blues great Billie Holliday. Nominated for an Oscar, Ross lost the statuette to Liza Minnelli, but did take home a Golden Globe Award. Her follow-up attempts at film stardom were major disappointments: Mahogany (1975) was utterly forgettable save for its signature tune "Do You Know Where You're Going To," while The Wiz (1978) suffered from bad casting decisions and an utter lack of a consistent style. Despite her failures on the big screen, Ross continued to excel as a recording artist. She floundered a bit when she left Motown in 1980, but was back on top the following year after signing with RCA. In 1977, Diana won a Tony Award for her starring Broadway revue, and in 1988 she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Diana Ross showed no signs of slowing down in the 1990s: in 1993, she wrote a book titled Secrets of a Sparrow; in 1994, she made her TV-movie acting debut, playing a paranoid schizophrenic in the commendable Out of Darkness; and in 1996, she was center of attention in what was arguably one of the most spectacular Super Bowl half-time shows ever conceived. She would try her hand at acting again in 1999's Double Platinum, acting as executive producer on that project as well.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Always Whitney Houston
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Michael Jackson: The Inside Story - What Killed the King of Pop?
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Michael Jackson History: The King of Pop 1958-2009
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Supremes - Reflections: The Definitive Performances 1964-1969
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Diana Ross: The Lady Sings Jazz and Blues
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Double Platinum
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Olivia King
1999
No Score Yet Out of Darkness
  • Producer
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Christmas in Vienna
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Diana Ross: Visions of Diana Ross
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet We Are the World: The Video Event
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Rock & Roll Call
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Producer
1979
36% The Wiz
  • Dorothy
1978
23% Mahogany
  • Tracy
1975
75% Lady Sings the Blues
  • Billie Holiday
1972

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Appearing
  • Performer
  • 2007

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