"Diana Ross" (born "Diane Ernestine Earle Ross" http://www.eonline.com/On/Holly/Shows/Ross/bio.html on March 26, 1944) is an American soul, R&B and pop singer and actress. Ross is one of the most successful female artists of her era due to her solo work and her role as lead singer of The Supremes during the 1960s.
In 1976, ''Billboard'' magazine named her the female entertainer of the century. In 1993, The Guinness Book Of World Records pronounced her the most successful female music artist ever (the title is now attributed to Mariah Carey), partly due to her combined total of eighteen number-one singles, six of them recorded solo and the remaining dozen from her work with the Supremes.
She was also one of the few pop singers to achieve success in film by earning an Academy Award nomination for her role as Billie Holiday in ''Lady Sings the Blues'' (1972).
''Main entry: The Supremes''
Fred and Ernestine Ross had named and christened their daughter "Diane"; however, due to a clerical error, "Diana" was what wound up on her birth certificate http://www.divasthesite.com/Singing_Divas/Trivia/Trivia_Diana_Ross.htm http://www.eonline.com/On/Holly/Shows/Ross/bi...
|Born||March 26, 1944|
|Occupation||Singer, actress, and entertainer|
|Years active|| 1959 - 1970 (groups)|
1970 - present (solo)
1972 - 1999 (acting)
|Associated acts||The Supremes|