Diana Ross' Ten Greatest Solo Highlights

Born March 26, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan, Diana Ross became one of the greatest female solo artists of all-time after leading the most successful female group in history, The Supremes. As a solo artist, she released six gold albums and two platinum albums. Ross also recorded the platinum Lady Sings The Blues soundtrack. She achieved six number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," and "Endless Love" with Lionel Richie. Ross also excelled as an actress, winning a Golden Globe Award, and receiving an Academy Award nomination for her acting debut in Lady Sings The Blues. Ross also starred in the films Mahogany and The Wiz, and the television movies Double Platinum and Out of Darkness. Her glamor and trailblazing success as a singer and actress made her the most influential female entertainer in show business.

In 1993, Ross was named "The most successful female performer of all time" by The Guinness Book of Records. In 1996, she was honored for lifetime achievement at the World Music Awards. Just prior to beginning her solo career, Ross helped launch Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five with their 1968 debut album, Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5

Here is a list of Diana Ross' ten greatest solo highlights.

Diana Ross. Harry Langdon/Getty Images

Diana Ross released a self-titled solo album on June 19, 1970, which reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart and was certified gold. Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson composed and produced ten of the eleven songs, including the singles "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (cover of the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell classic), and "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)." "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" received a Grammy Awards nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Also in 1970, Ross was honored as Entertainer of the Year at the NAACP Image Awards. 

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Poster for 'Lady Sings The Blues'. GAB Archive/Redferns

Diana Ross made her acting debut as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings The Blues, which opened October 12, 1972. She received an Academy Awards nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role and won a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female. The soundtrack was certified platinum and reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart.

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Anthony Perkins and Diana Ross shooting 'Mahogany' in Rome in 1975. Paramount Pictures/Courtesy Getty Images

Diana Ross' second film, Mahogany, opened on October 8, 1975. Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. directed the story about a woman from the projects of Chicago who becomes a famous fashion designer in Rome, Italy. Ross sang the "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)" which hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

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Lionel Richie and Diana Ross. George Rose/Getty Images

Lionel Richie and Diana Ross recorded the title song of the 1981 movie Endless Love which Billboard declared the greatest duet of all-time.It remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks, as well as reaching the top of the R&B and Adult Contemporary charts. It was Ross' 18th number one single and the best selling single of her career (certified platinum). "Endless Love" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song and won two American Music Awards: Favorite Pop/Rock Single, and Favorite R&B/Soul Single. It was ranked the number 16 song in the history of the Billboard charts  (1958–2015).​

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March 13, 1995 - Soul Train Heritage Award

Berry Gordy and Diana Ross at the Soul Train Music Awards on March 13, 1995 held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. SGranitz/WireImage

On March 13, 1995, Diana Ross received the Heritage Award for career achievement at the Soul Train Music Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. In 1996, she was also inducted into the Soul Train Hall of Fame.

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1996 - Billboard Female Entertainer of the Century

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In 1996, Billboard magazine named Diana Ross the "Female Entertainer of the Century."

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June 10, 1998 - Songwriters Hall of Fame Hitmaker Award

Diana Ross. Michael Putland/Getty Images

On June 10, 1998, Diana Ross was honored with the Howie Richmond  Hitmaker Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony held at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. The award is presented to "artists  in the music industry who have been responsible for a substantial number of hit songs for an extended period of time."

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1999 - BET Walk of Fame

Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. Julian Wasser/Liaison

In 1999, Diana Ross became the fifth artist to be inducted into the BET Walk of Fame. in Washington, D.C. She also received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards in 2007.

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December 2, 2007 Kennedy Centers Honors

Kennedy Center Honors recipient Diana Ross at the 30th annual Kennedy Center Honors on December 2, 2007 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Paul Morigi/WireImage

On December 2, 2007, Diana Ross was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors for her contribution to entertainment held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

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February 12, 2012 - Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Diana Ross during the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Steve Granitz/WireImage

On February 12, 2012, Diana Ross received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.