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Diana Ross (with Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard)

Image for Diana Ross (with Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard)
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
Diana 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. Steve Schapiro's photograph pictures Ross (center) in 1965 performing on the NBC musical variety show Hullabaloo with the other two members of the famous singing trio-Mary Wilson (left) and Florence Ballard (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.
Steve Schapiro, born 1934
Mary Wilson, born 6 Mar 1944
Diana Ross, born 26 Mar 1944
Florence Ballard, 30 Jun 1943 - 22 Feb 1976
1965 (printed 2006)
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Steve Schapiro
Gelatin silver print
Image: 22.6 x 33.7cm (8 7/8 x 13 1/4")
Sheet: 27.7 x 35.5cm (10 7/8 x 14")
Mat: 40.6 x 55.9cm (16 x 22")
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Object number
Interior\Performing Arts\Theatrical\Stage
Mary Wilson: Female
Mary Wilson: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Popular
Diana Ross: Female
Diana Ross: Visual Arts\Designer\Fashion Designer
Diana Ross: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Diana Ross: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Pop
Florence Ballard: Female
Florence Ballard: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Popular
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© Steve Schapiro