41 Facts About Diana Ross

1. On November 16, 2016, Diana Ross was announced as one of the 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

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2. In 2006, Diana Ross was one of 25 African-American women saluted at Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball, a three-day celebration, honoring their contributions to art, entertainment, and civil rights.

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3. Diana Ross was given credit for the discovery of the Jackson 5.

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4. Diana Ross is one of the few recording 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.

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5. Diana Ross is the only female artist to have number one singles as a solo artist; as the other half of a duet; as a member of a trio (the Supremes); and, as an ensemble member (We are the World-USA for Africa).

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6. Diana Ross dated Gene Simmons, bass guitarist and singer for the band Kiss, from 1980 to 1983.

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7. Diana Ross has two daughters with Silberstein, Tracee Joy and Chudney Lane Silberstein, born in 1972 and 1975, respectively.

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8. Diana Ross told Rhonda that Gordy was her biological father when Rhonda was 13 years old.

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9. Diana Ross made several hour-long appearances on the network, and released a tie-in CD retrospective collection of her music entitled Diamond Diana.

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10. Diana Ross was then joined onstage by all of her children, their spouses, first ex-husband Robert Ellis, Smokey Robinson and Motown founder, Berry Gordy.

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11. Diana Ross performed several of her hits, ending with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", during which she brought all of her grandchildren onstage.

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12. On June 30, 2017, Diana Ross headlined the Essence Festival, held annually in New Orleans, Louisiana, for the first time.

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13. In 2015, Diana Ross appeared in the video for the song "How to Live Alone" performed by her son, singer and actor Evan Ross.

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14. On July 3, 2014, Diana Ross was awarded the Ella Fitzgerald Award for "her extraordinary contribution to contemporary jazz vocals", at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.

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15. In 2010, Diana Ross embarked on her first headlining tour in three years titled the More Today Than Yesterday: The Greatest Hits Tour.

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16. In June 2006, Universal released Diana Ross's shelved 1972 Blue album.

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17. Diana Ross was featured in another hit duet, this time with Westlife, on a cover of Ross's 1991 hit "When You Tell Me You Love Me", repeating the original recording's chart success, garnering a number 2 UK Singles Chart hit.

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18. On January 14, 2005, Diana Ross performed at the Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope TV concert to help raise money for Indonesian tsunami victims.

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19. In March 1983, Diana Ross agreed to reunite with Wilson and Cindy Birdsong for the television special "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever".

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20. Diana Ross reunited with Mary Wilson first in 1976 to attend the funeral service of Florence Ballard, who had died in February of that year.

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21. In 1999, Diana Ross was named the most successful female singer in the history of the United Kingdom charts, based upon a tally of her career hits.

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22. Diana Ross performed during the Opening Ceremony of the 1994 FIFA World Cup held in Chicago and during the pre-match entertainment of the 1995 Rugby League World Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

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23. Diana Ross returned the next year to host the 14th annual telecast.

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24. On January 27, 1986, Diana Ross hosted the 13th annual American Music Awards.

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25. On July 21, 1983, Diana Ross performed a free concert on Central Park's Great Lawn, aired live worldwide by Showtime.

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26. On May 6, 1982, Diana Ross was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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27. Diana Ross won acclaim for her role in the TV movie and earned her third Golden Globe nomination, although she did not win.

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28. Diana Ross scored a Top 10 hit in late 1980 with the theme song to the 1980 film It's My Turn.

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29. In 1971, Diana Ross began working on her first film, Lady Sings the Blues, which was a loosely based biography on singer Billie Holiday.

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30. At the time, Diana Ross's was music history's most expensive recording deal.

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31. Diana Ross began negotiations to leave Motown at the end of 1980.

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32. In 1980, Diana Ross released her most successful album to date, Diana.

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33. In 1979, Diana Ross released The Boss, continuing her popularity with dance audiences, as the title song became a number-one dance single.

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34. In 1973, Diana Ross had her second number-one hit with the ballad "Touch Me in the Morning".

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35. In May 1970, Diana Ross released her eponymous solo debut, which included her signature songs, "Reach Out and Touch" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", the latter becoming Ross' first number-one solo single.

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36. Diana Ross made her final appearance with the Supremes at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 14, 1970.

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37. Diana Ross would introduce the group during several public events, including The Hollywood Palace.

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38. Diana Ross was born at the Hutzel Women's Hospital in Detroit on March 26, 1944.

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39. In 1988, Diana Ross was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as member of the Supremes, alongside Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard.

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40. Diana Ross has ventured into acting, with a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award-nominated performance for her performance in the film Lady Sings the Blues.

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41. Diana Ross was born on March 26, 1944 and is an American singer, actress, and record producer.

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