As lead singer of The Supremes, Diana Ross rose to stardom in the 60’s. Throughout her career she featured counteless songs, appeared in almost a dozen of movies and signed the soundtrack of some iconic movies. As such, Diana Ross net worth valued at $160 million, makes her one the most illustrious recording artists.
Diana Ross Net Worth: $160 million
So how did she manage to attain such wealth? We’ll let’s take a look at how she rose to such fame.
Diana’s Bio and Career Development
Born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross, on the 26th of March 1944, Detroit, she started her career as a singer in the gospel choir of a Baptist church.
Her rise to stardom began when together with a group of friends, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard and Barbara Martin, formed a group in their teenage years called ‘The Primettes’. While Barbara Martin dropped out, the remaining three members went on to form one of the most highly critically acclaimed group: ‘The Supremes’ which later on has been renamed “Diana Ross and The Supremes”
They achieved international success during the 60’s, performing R&B and pop music. Having been signed to Motown Records by the famous record producer and company founder, Barry Gordy Jr, they scored their first no.1 hit in 1964. ‘Where Did Our Love Go?’ was just the first in a long-series of no.1 hits, followed by another 11 hits melting the charts.
After leaving the group for a solo career in 1969, she continued to remain a powerhouse in the genre, with hits such as ‘Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand’ and ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’.
Diana Ross didn’t only make a name for herself in the music industry. Soon she began tackling projects in the movie industry too. In 1972 she was casted in Billie Holiday’s biopic ‘Lady Sings the Blues’ for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her performance. She did however landed a major win in the Golden Globe ceremony, where she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress, for her 1972 debut performance.
She continued landing parts in 1975’s ‘The Mahogany’, co-starring Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Perkins, as well as the classic tale adaptation of Oz, in the 1978 rendition ‘The Wiz’.
Some of her most famous hits are:
‘Back in My Arms Again’ – 1965
‘Stop! In the Name of Love’ – 1965
‘The Happening’ – 1967
‘Someday We’ll Be Togheter’ – 1969
‘Touch Me in the Morning’ – 1973
‘Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)’ – 1976
‘Love Hangover’ – 1976
‘Upside Down’ – 1980
‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love’ – 1981
‘Muscles’ – 1982
‘When You Tell Me That You Love Me’ – 1991
Diana Ross Net Worth Over the Years
Beginning with 1965 Diana Ross started receiving nominations and awards for both her music and acting careers. She landed her first nomination in 1965 for the song ‘Baby Love’, with the Supremes. The following year The Supreme received another nomination for the song ‘Stop! In the name of Love’. In 1971 and 1972, Ross landed nominations for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
The year 1973 didn’t only witness her acting debut, but also her first nominations at the Academy Awards and Golden Globe Ceremony, for her role in the movie ‘Lady Sings the Blues’. Although she lost the Oscar to Liza Minelli’s performance in ‘Cabaret’, Ross did manage however to take home the Golden Globe for her role as Billie Holliday.
Throughout her career, Diana Ross won several major awards such as the Golden Globe, Tony and American Music Award. She was also inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 as part of The Supremes.
In 1993 she was declared by the Guinness Book of World Records to be most successful female singer in history. Two years later, in 1995, she was also awarded the Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement on the Soul Train Awards. Diana Ross received her first Grammy Award in 2012 for Lifetime Achievement.
Diana Ross also produced a couple of television movies, in which she also starred. First was ‘Out of Darkness’ in 1994, followed by ‘Double Platinum’ in 1999.
In addition to her illustrious career, Diana Ross was involved in many charities over the years. Some of the most notable causes she supports are AIDS&HIV, Parkinson and Veteran/Service Member Support.
Diana Ross performed at the Nobel Peace Concert in 2008 and also supported Celebrity Fight Night Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and the United Service Organization.
Her music featured on the soundtrack of many popular movies including ‘The Land Before Time’ (1988) ‘Bridget Jone’s Diary’ (2001), ‘Happy Gilmore’ (1996), ‘Chicken Little’ (2005) just to name a few.
Quick Facts about the ‘Queen of Motown’
|Full Name||Diana Ernestine Earle Ross|
|Date and Place of Birth||26th of March, 1944, Detroit, Michigan|
|Known For||Singing, Acting|
|Diana Ross Net Worth||$160 million|
|Source of Wealth||Music & Acting|
|Genres||R&B, Soul, Jazz, Gospel, Pop|
|Voice||Light lyrics soprano|
|Best-loved Singles||Stop! In the Name of LoveLove HangoverMuscles|
|Important Awards||Golden GlobeAmerican Music AwardsTony Award
Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame
|Family and Spouses||Robert Ellis Silberstein (1971-1977) ; Arne Rudolf Ludvig Raab (1985-200)Children: Rhonda (whom Ross had with Gordy Jr.), Tracee, Chudney, Ross and Evan|
So there you have it. Diana Ross’s career set up the bar for R&B and pop artists alike. Multi-talented in both singing and acting made her one of the most iconic stars in pop culture.
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