Diana Ross has been touted as the supreme diva.
Speaking of supreme, before her incredibly successful solo career she competently led one of the most successful female bands of all time, The Supremes.
Do any of you recall singing into a hair brush with a towel on your head, in your mother's chiffon robe, singing Ain't No Mountain High Enough? After discovering her 5 year old son lip syncing just as I mentioned above, my mother refused to allow me to listen The Supremes, for years after that.
The Supremes are not only famous for Ain't No Mountain High Enough, but also such hits as Where Did Our Love Go, You Can't Hurry Love, I Hear A Symphony, Baby Love, Come See About Me, among others.
At the forefront of all that attention, it was not long before Ross moved on….to a solo career that is!
I am sure that you have heard of Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand), Upside Down, Endless Love, It's My Turn, Love Supreme, Touch Me In The Morning, The Boss, I'm Coming Out, and Do You Know Where You Are Going, among others.
For obvious reasons, the last two songs are two of my favorites.
She is an Academy Award nominated actor in her own right, as she was nominated for the Billie Holiday biopic, Lady Sings The Blues, although Liza Minelli took home Oscar that year.
She also starred in other notable films, including Oz, alongside Michael Jackson, and Mahogany, about a model coming of age and her transition to fashion designer. I loved both films, particularly the latter.
With that said, despite the early rise to fame, not to mention more fortune than most people could fathom, Ross has had her fair share of woes.
Not only infamous for her drug use, famously enough much of it transpired at Studio 54 among others, Ross has experienced both failed albums and failed marriages.
Everything came to a halt when Ross was driving, very intoxicated, in Tucson, AZ. Police stopped Ross; subsequently she failed a field sobriety test, that ended with her falling to the ground after she attempted to stand on one leg and count to ten.
Fast forward to 2009, Ross faced the fact that not only had she once had a drug problem, she clearly had alcoholism as well. Subsequently, she checked herself into substance abuse rehab and has been clean and sober since that time.
Today, Ross is a happy mother and grandmother, with nearly four years of sobriety.
Ross, at 68 years old, is a testament that it is never too late to get clean and sober.
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