- Faith: Christian
- Career: Musician
- Birthday: March 26, 1944
- Fun Fact: Ross said everything she does is her ministry.
Diana Ross is an actress and singer. She rose to prominence as the lead singer of The Supremes, who became Motown’s most successful group during the 1960s and one of the world’s best-selling girl groups. They’re still the best-charting female group in history with a total of 12 number-one hit singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, including “Baby Love,” “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Come See About Me,” “Love Child,” and “Stop! In the Name of Love.” After leaving the Supremes, Ross started a successful solo career with the release of her eponymous debut solo album and its singles “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand).”
Her second solo album, “Everything is Everything,” produced her first U.K. number-one single, “I’m Still Waiting.” Ross’ successful solo career continued by mounting elaborate record-setting worldwide concert tours, starring in highly watched primetime T.V. specials, and releasing hit albums like “Touch Me in the Morning,” “Mahogany,” “Diana Ross,” and “Diana.” She also had more number-one hit singles, including “Love Hangover” and “Touch Me in the Morning.” “Endless Love,” a 1981 duet with Lionel Richie, made her the female solo act with the most number-one songs in the United States at the time.
Her commercial success continued during the 80s and 90s with global hits like “I’m Coming Out,” “All of You,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” and “Chain Reaction.” Ross has also achieved mainstream recognition and success as an actress. Her first role was her Academy Award-nominated portrayal of Billie Holiday in the movie “Lady Sings the Blues,” where she also recorded the soundtrack. She also starred in two other feature films, “The Wiz” and “Mahogany,” and later appeared in the T.V. films “Out of Darkness” and “Double Platinum.”
Is Diana Ross religious?
Diana Ross was born in Detroit, Michigan, the second of six children to Ernestine and Fred Ross. Her mother named her Diane, but her birth certificate was mistakenly filled out with Diana. She was raised in a Baptist home with her siblings, Barbara, Rita, Arthur, Fred Jr., and Wilbert, also known as Chico. In her memoir, Secrets of a Sparrow, Ross says that her spirituality is one of the most important ingredients in her rise to the top and her endurance.
She said, “I don’t think people know about my faith. It has a lot to do with who I am, how I raise my family, how I live. I was brought up in a religious family. I don’t preach to people; if you have to talk about God all the time, I don’t know if you’ve got it. I’m always in prayer. I didn’t have to be born again. Everything I do is my ministry. That’s why I know I never intended to hurt anybody.”
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