Diana Ross was the second of six children born to Fred Ross, Sr., a U.S. Army soldier, and mother Ernestine Moten, who was a school teacher. She had a close relationship with her parents.
Diana Ross’s eponymous debut solo album featured the U.S. number-one hit “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and the music anthem “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)”.
Diana Ross also starred in two other feature films, Mahogany (1975) and The Wiz (1978). On January 27, 1986, Ross hosted the 13th annual American Music Awards.
In 1991, Diana Ross became one of the few American artists to have headlined the annual Royal Variety Performance, performing a selection of her UK hits before Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London.
Diana Ross was the recipient of a Special Tony Award in 1976, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and 2023 (the latter as a member of The Supremes), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.