Diana Ross, born on March 26, 1944, started her career as a member of the Supremes, a 60’s girl group. The “Stop! In the Name of Love” singers quickly became some of the most successful artists of their decade, with 12 number one pop singles. When Berry Gordy, the president of Motown records, changed the name of the group to Diana Ross and the Supremes, there was no denying that the public and the label considered Ross the true star.
Ross departed the Supremes in 1969, and pursued independent stardom that would be landmarked with hits such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand.” In 1972, Ross’s role in the Billie Holiday biopic, Lady Sings the Blues, earned her an Academy nomination for Best Actress, proving that Ross’s career was versatile. The 1980s proved to be even more successful for Ross, with her album, Diana, going platinum and her duet with Lionel Richie, Endless Love, reaching the No. 1 spot.
Ross’s career continued well into the 90’s and she earned her two Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars (one for The Supremes and one for her independent career) as well as a Golden Globe Award. Ross was and forever will be an iconic artist with unforgettable hits and a striking sense of fashion during a time where black excellence was just starting to get the recognition it deserved.