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Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross<sup class="reference">1</sup> on March 26, 1944) is an American singer and actress, whose musical repertoire spans R&B, soul, disco, jazz, and pop. Ross first gained prominence as lead of the successful girl group The Supremes, before establishing a successful solo career in 1970. During the 1970s and 1980s, Ross became one of the most successful female artists of the rock era, also crossing over into film, television and Broadway. 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 a special Golden Globe for her leading role in the Billie Holliday biographical film Lady Sings the Blues. In addition, Ross has been nominated for twelve Grammy Awards and an Academy Award.
In 1976, Billboard magazine named her the female entertainer of the century. The Guinness Book of 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 Fame - one as a solo artist and the other as a member of the Supremes.