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We take a look at some of Diana Ross' key moments in her life and career so far.
Diana Ross was born in Detroit on March 26, 1944. She began singing with friends, including Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard, as a teenager and formed the very successful 1960s trio The Supremes.
The Supremes were signed to Motown Records by the label’s founder Berry Gordy, Jr. (left in picture), in 1961.
The Supremes achieved their first number one hit with the song "Where Did Our Love Go?" in 1964. Overall, the trio scored 12 number one hits, including "Stop! In the Name of Love" in 1965 and "Someday We Will Be Together" in 1969.
Diana Ross left The Supremes for a solo career in 1969 and released songs including "Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."
In 1972, Ross played Billie Holiday in biopic Lady Sings the Blues and her performance earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
Ross released her album Diana in 1980, which contained the hits "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out."
Ross has won several major awards, including a Golden Globe, a Tony Award, and several American Music Awards. Here, Ross and Michael Jackson hold their American Music Awards in 1981. Jackson won for favourite soul album and Ross won for favourite female soul vocalist.
Ross was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, as part of the Supremes.
Diana Ross received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Ross has been quieter in recent years, but was the headline performer at the White House-hosted Christmas in Washington charity concert in 2012. Happy birthday Diana Ross!
In November 2016 Ross was recognised for her incredible contribution to music and American entertainment with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honour for civilians.