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Diana Ross (with Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson)

Image for Diana Ross (with Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson)
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. 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.
Artist
Bruce Davidson, born 1933
Sitter
Florence Ballard, 30 Jun 1943 - 22 Feb 1976
Diana Ross, born 26 Mar 1944
Mary Wilson, born 6 Mar 1944
Date
1965 (printed 1996)
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 20.4 x 35.3 cm (8 1/16 x 13 7/8")
Sheet: 27.8 x 35.3 cm (10 15/16 x 13 7/8")
Mat: 40.6 x 55.9 cm (16 x 22")
Type
Photograph
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Object number
NPG.96.170
Culture
Mary Wilson: American\African American
Diana Ross: American\African American
Florence Ballard: American\African American
Topic
Costume\Jewelry\Earring
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace\Pearl
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone
Costume\Jewelry\Bracelet
Music\Musical instrument\Saxophone
Interior\Studio\Music
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
Portrait
Place
United States\Michigan\Wayne\Detroit
Restrictions & Rights
© Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos