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Name: Diane Ernestine Earle Ross                                                         
Born: March 26, 1944 Detroit, Michigan, United States                                   
Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross on March 26, 1944) is a twelve-time         
Grammy Award-nominated American singer, songwriter and actress, whose musical           
repertoire spans R&B, soul, pop, disco, and jazz.                                       
During the 1970's and into the early to mid 1980's, Ross became the most                 
successful female artist of the rock era, while crossing over into film,                 
television and Broadway theatre. Over the course of her career, Ross has been           
awarded a Tony Award for the music special An Evening with Diana Ross (1977),           
seven American Music Awards, and the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year         
- Actress for her leading role in the Billie Holiday biographical film Lady             
Sings the Blues (1972). Additionally, Ross has been nominated for twelve Grammy         
Awards and an Academy Award for Best Actress. She was also recently honored by           
The Kennedy Center. She has sold 85+ million singles & albums during the course         
of her forty-five-year career.                                                           
In 1976, Billboard magazine named her the female entertainer of the century.             
Guinness 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 solo artist. 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 Fameā€”one as a solo artist and       
the other as a member of the Supremes                                 
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.