Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross on March 26, 1944) is an American twelve-time Grammy and Oscar-nominated singer,
record producer and actress, whose musical repertoire spans R&B, soul, pop, disco and jazz. During the 1960s, she helped shape the
sound of popular music and the Motown Sound as lead singer of The Supremes before leaving for a solo career in the beginning of 1970.
Since the beginning of her career with The Supremes and as a solo artist, Diana Ross has sold more than 100 million records.
During the 1970s and through the mid 1980s, Ross was the most successful female artist of the rock era, while crossing over into film,
television and Broadway winning a Tony Award for her one-woman show, An Evening with Diana Ross in 1977, and being nominated
for twelve Grammy Awards and an Academy Award for Best Actress for her 1972 role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues.
She was also recently honored by The Kennedy Center.
In 1976, Billboard magazine named her the "Female Entertainer of the Century." The "Guinness Book Of 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 soloist. 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 trio "The Supremes."
Including her work with the Supremes, Ross has recorded 57 studio albums. 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