Diana Ross
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Diana Ross

Diana E. Ross
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Diana Ross was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Diana Ross is an American singer, songwriter and actor who has had an enormously sucessful career both as a solo singer and as the lead singer of The Supremes, one of Motown's most successful groups during the 1960s and one of the world best-selling girl groups of all time. She has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award[1]

Diana Ross was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1944. She is the daughter of Fred Ross and Ernestine Moten. In 1950 she was living with her parents and siblings in Detroit where she was attending school.[2]


Diana began singing as a teenager in the group The Primettes with her girlfriends; the group would go on to become the internationally renowned pop trio The Supremes (later called Diana Ross and the Supremes).[3] The Supremes signed with Motown Records, and in all had a record twelve No. 1 hits before Diana went solo in 1969.[3]

Diana had a number of successful albums and hits as a solo singer in the 1970s while also becoming an actress and starring in several movies including Lady Sings the Blues and The Wiz.[3] She continued to generate albums and top hits in the 1980s. During that time she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 as part of the Supremes. In the 1990s she expanded her career into some made-for-TV movies.[3]

In 2012 Diana received the Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement; her first Grammy despite having twelve earlier nominations.[4] In 2016 she was honored by President Obama with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.[5]

Diana has continued performing into the 2020s, touring and performing at numerous events. On June 9, 2023, Ross is kicking off the US leg of The Music Legacy Tour which celebrates her greatest #1 hits. As part of the tour, Ross will perform at London's Royal Albert Hall on October 14 and 15, 2023.[6]


Diana had a relationship for several years with Berry Gordy, Jr, with whom she had one daughter, Rhonda[1].

In 1971 Diana married music business manager Robert Silberstein in Las Vegas.[7] They later divorced after having two daughters together.

In 1986 Diana married Norwegian shipping mogul Arne Naess Jr in Switzerland.[8] They also had two children before divorcing in 2000.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wikipedia: Diana Ross
  2. 1950 Census: "1950 United States Federal Census"
    United States of America, Bureau of the Census; Washington, D.C.; Seventeenth Census of the United States, 1950; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790-2007; Record Group Number: 29; Residence Date: 1950; Home in 1950: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: 2600; Sheet Number: 21; Enumeration District: 85-249
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 62308 #177066628 (accessed 6 June 2023)
    Dianne Ross (6), single daughter, in household of Fred Ross (31) in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA. Born in Michigan.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Biography of Diana Ross, Biography.com Editors, published by A&E Television Networks, , update as of 23 April 2021, orig published 2 Apr 2014
  4. Diana Ross Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance, 2012, Grammy.com
  5. 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients, White House Archives
  6. https://www.dianaross.com/
  7. Marriage of Diana Ross and Robert Silberstein ,Free View of Clipping, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas · Thursday, January 21, 1971, p.58
  8. Marriage of Diana Ross and Arne Naess,Free View of Clipping ,Newsday,New York, New York · Monday, February 03, 1986, p.9

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Diana's marriage to Arne Rudolf Ludvig Raab (Arne Naess) began 23 October 1985 & ended in divorce on 12 February 2000. They had two sons, Ross Naess (b. 7 October 1987) and Evan Ross (b. 26 August 1988).
posted by Jill (Turkington) Lee
I would like to add pictures, spouse and children profiles, please.
posted by Jill (Turkington) Lee

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