Her mother actually named her "Diane" but a clerical error resulted in her name being cited as "Diana" on her birth certificate and it was just never corrected. Although her legal name was "Diana," she always went by "Diane." In fact, at The Supremes' first Copacabana performance in 1965, she introduced herself to the audience as "Diane." Later that same year she started introducing herself as "Diana."
Her closet friends and family still call her "Diane."
After leaving the Supremes in 1970, Ross began a solo career that included successful ventures into film and Broadway. She received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination and won a Golden Globe award for her 1972 role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues.
She has won eight American Music Awards, garnered twelve Grammy Award nominations, and won a Tony Award for her one-woman show, An Evening with Diana Ross, in 1977.
With a career total 18 #1 records, and more than 100 million records worldwide Diana Ross is considered the most successful female recording artist of the 20th century.
In 1976, Billboard magazine named Diana Ross the "Female Entertainer of the Century." In 1993, the Guinness Book of World Records declared Diana Ross the most successful female music artist in history due to her success in the U.S and the U.K. for having more hits than any female artist on the chart.
Diana (Diane) Ernestine Earle Ross was born in Detroit, Michigan. Ross aspired to be a fashion designer, and studied design, millinery, pattern-making and seamstress skills.
In May 2008, Ross headlined at New York City's Radio City Music Hall's 'Divas with Heart' concert event, which also featured fellow performers Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan and Patti LaBelle.
Ross performed a cross-country tour in the summer of 2010. The More Today Than Yesterday: The Greatest Hits Tour was dedicated to her late friend Michael Jackson. An extended American leg of the tour began in September, 2010, and is scheduled to continue until March 2011, in Stamford, Connecticut. It is rumored that Ross will mount European & Asian legs of the tour.