Diana Ross (with Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson)
@ National Portrait Gallery
DescriptionDiana Ross achieved international stardom as the lead singer of the Supremes. With songs such as "Where Did Our Love Go" and "Stop in the Name of Love," the Supremes became the most successful female group in pop music history; during the 1960s, only the Beatles sold more records. Bruce Davidson's photograph pictures Ross in 1965 in Detroit's Motown Records studio between the other two members of the famous singing trio- Florence Ballard (left) and Mary Wilson (right).Described as a "total entertainer," Ross electrified audiences with a voice that could put "swerves into the most unsupple lyrics." In 1970 she left the group to pursue a solo career as a singer and an actress. Ross's portrayal of singer Billie Holiday in the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues received a Best Actress Oscar nomination.
Gelatin Silver Print
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution