Now Diana Ross is back in the headlines, though indirectly,
thanks to the hit movie "Dreamgirls," which has been called a thinly veiled history of the Supremes.
One of the film's stars, Beyonce, acknowledged she had a shrine to Diana Ross in her trailer, and watched her movies to prepare for the role. Diana Ross said to ABC News' Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America" that she has not seen the movie yet.
"Maybe I should go see it with my lawyer," she joked.
Diana Ross has refused to comment on the movie, but
today she said she was "happy" for the cast.
"I've only heard what everybody else says, that it's very much my image and likeness," she said. "So if I've had an opportunity to influence any of these beautiful, talented young people, then I'm excited about it."
Secrets to Longevity in Show Business
"I Love You," Diana Ross's first studio album in seven years, comes out today. The album is a collection of classic love songs, including "Lovely Day," "More Today Than Yesterday" and "The Look of Love."
Pointing out that many of her songs have been about love,
Diana Ross said, "I think now, especially now, it's time to
say, 'I love you.'"
The 62-year-old also joked about being "the aging diva,"
saying that some of her makeup tricks have changed over
Judging from the audience reaction during her "Good Morning America" concert, the singer's star power hasn't dimmed a bit.
Looking back on her career, Ross said she was thankful for the mentors she had who helped her along the way. She said young artists should look beyond image-making and focus on longevity.
"Well, I just think it's really important that this industry, and especially for the females, but all of us — it's show business," Ross said. "There's a business here, and it's not just about the image. It's about what goes on inside of you. It's the interior as well as the exterior."
She performed the songs "lovely day" ,"look of love" and "more today than yesterday"
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Diana Ross in TV land.
The David Letterman show, January 16, 2007
Couch time and live performance of one song.
The Martha Stewart Show: Friday, January 26, 2007
Couch time and live performance of a song from the new CD.
Good Morning America, January 16, 2007
Couch time and live performance of three songs.
Live with Regis & Kelly, January 16, 2007
Couch time and live performance.
Inside the Actors Studio: January 17, 2007 (taping) February 19 (airdate)
James talked with Diana about her childhood and about Detroit. She looked at her brother and sisters, who were with her (they were sitting in the first row), to help her out with some details as Diana did not remember every detail.
The 4 hour taping includes talking about The Supremes, The Temptations, Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson and about leaving the group and making the films “Lady Sings the Blues”, “Mahogany”, “The Wiz” and “Out of Darkness”.
They also talked about her family, the Central Park concerts and her upcoming tour.
When they talked about her mother's passing, she sang a few lines from “His Eye is On His Sparrow” joined by her sister Rita. This was a very emotional moment for her and her family and for the audience also.
Diana answered questions from the students at the campus.
First off ... the woman is tiny. It is really true that the camera does
add weight. I thought she looked good on GMA, but Regis and Kelly
... WOW! That outfit Diana was cute and she was very relaxed.
Kelly talked her ear off during the commerical breaks and was in total awe of her. I spoke for a second with Kelly and she said she couldn't believe she had met Diana.
Diana sang the songs live! She rehearsed them during the commerical breaks. It was nice seeing her play with the sound and asking the audience how she sounded. Let me tell you, when she sang "More Today Than Yesterday" the audience loved her! People were singing and everything. Her make-up was flawless and you should have seen those shoes!
It was nice seeing her backup singer, Fred, off to the side as she was singing "I Love You" live.
He was in his glory. I had the chance to speak with him and congratulated him.
(Fred wrote the song "I Love You))
It was such an incredible morning. Can't wait for more.
Diana Ross and Evan Ross arrived at the Ed Sullivan Theater for the David Letterman Show.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Diana Ross says she's a busy woman these days. So busy, in fact, that she hasn't had time to see the hit film "Dreamgirls," which is loosely based on her life as a Motown starlet.
The 62-year-old singer told CBS "Late Show" host David Letterman on Tuesday that she is going to be a mentor on Fox's "American Idol" and is planning a world tour in March to promote her new album, "I Love You."
Diana Ross shares a laugh with host David Letterman on the set of the "Late Show with David Letterman," in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007. This is Ross's first appearance on the show since 1996.
Diana leaves the Ed Sullivan Theater after the taping of the David Letterman Show.
Diana Ross sings,
"More Today Than Yesterday"
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Diana Ross said she didn't see the musical version of "Dreamgirls," either.
When Letterman asked her whether she was curious about the film, Ross joked: "Yes, I've heard a lot about it. I'm going to see it with my lawyers."
Ross went on to say that she's heard there is a lot of her image and likeness in the movie. Beyonce Knowles' character, Deena Jones, looks like Ross during her early solo days.
The film, which won a Golden Globe on Monday for best musical or comedy, tells the story of a Motown trio similar to the Supremes and their rise to fame. Eddie Murphy also won for best supporting actor, and newcomer Jennifer Hudson, a former "American Idol" contestant, won for best supporting actress.
"What I would like to do is to be able to see it,"
Diana Ross said. "I like to inspire the talent that it is out there today."
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Diana performed during the evening “Baby Love”, “God Bless the Child” , “Do You Know”, and “It's My Turn”
And from her new CD “The Look of Love”, “I Love You”, and “More Today Than Yesterday”.
Diana Ross was here to make romantic cards and a craft for Valentine's Day that you can give to your sweetheart.
She performed the song "I Love You" from her latest CD, "I Love You."
Diana is set to focus on her famous style in a new picture book. Diana, who studied design at college, has kept all the outfits she has worn throughout her career and now plans to show them off in a new book.
She says, "I was thinking of doing a book and putting them all in - like a style book. It's time." (She told at the Martha Stewart Show.)
ross the boss
last night I attended a taping of Bravo's "inside the actor's studio" with special guest Diana Ross. She sang 8 songs and recounted her career with host James Lipton. several times during the evening, my eyes welled up with tears of joy as I relived the magic of my childhood idol. At one point, the host asked her what hit song mentions the Brewster Housing Projects where she grew up. She said she didn't know, he told her it was "supermodel" by rupaul. Then he asked me to stand up and say hi, which of course I did.
For Ross, who will perform live on the Wednesday night results show, the most exciting part of her "Idol" visit is mentoring the contestants.
"I like the idea of them knowing that they have someone they can talk to who has a supportive voice," she tells ET's KEVIN FRAZIER in a one-on-one sit-down. "Not someone who is there to criticize them, or someone who is trying to tell them what to do. As I told them, I want to be supportive to help them bring out the best from who they are."
Ross says it is incredible how much pressure these 12 hopefuls are under during this process. Truth be told, she has never undergone anything like it in her career. Still, she hopes to teach them to turn a negative into a positive.
"They said they were nervous with me, and I was trying to tell them that nervous and excited feel the same, so they should change their language and say they are excited. Turn nerves into excitement and use it as a good thing," she explains.
As for the criticism and advice that is imparted by the three judges -- PAULA ABDUL, RANDY JACKSON and SIMON COWELL -- Ross feels that the recipients need to listen, but not necessarily internalize the comments.
"There are a lot of people who can pi$$ on your dreams," she adds. "I remember there was someone who tried to keep me from being a performer. I wouldn't be here today, if I had listened to that. You have to learn what to listen to."
Ross knows that the price of fame can be high. While she has successfully raised her four children, her life has not been without its own difficulties, so when asked about the very public trials and tribulations of young pop stars such as BRITNEY SPEARS, she has the following to say: "It is not an easy task to have this attention all the time. You hope they can recover and have a life that is graceful."
Delicious diva DIANA ROSS is heading out on tour, with a valentine for her audience in the form of her I Love You CD. One of the stops along the way is FOX's monster hit series, "American Idol," where the music icon will mentor the Final 12 as they prepare to sing songs from her catalog for Tuesday night's competition.
Diana Ross Gets
Tuesday, March 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), and will perform on
the results show, Wednesday, March 14 (9:00-9:30 PM ET live/P T tape-delayed)
The contestants will perform songs from theDiana Ross & the Supremes songbook.
When I heard Diana Ross would be a guest coach on "American Idol," I figured her turn
would come much later in the season. No way they'd unleash her on a full dozen fragile
"Idol" hopefuls, right?
Wrong. The diva to end all divas coached the contestants this week, and tonight, we'll get to hear two hours worth of the results. Now, I admit I'm honestly curious to hear Ross's advice for LaKisha, Melinda, Stephanie, Jordin, and even Gina, the big-voiced belters left in the contest. But Diana Ross coaching Sanjaya? Anybody else have a feeling he's going to be the one singing "Stop In the Name of Love?" This is gonna be rich. (Taken from buzzsuger.com)
Diana this week
on AMERICAN IDOL.
It took Motowner Diana Ross to find out what nickname LaKisha Jones' mom calls the "American Idol" finalist at home in Flint: Kiki.
Kiki Jones and her 11 "Idol" finalists all got a master lesson from Ross, who was particularly interested in Jones' life back in Michigan
Diana Ross shares secrets with LaKisha
All the finalists performed Ross tunes Tuesday. And once again, Kiki won high praise.
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with the Top 12 finalists
Diana Ross appeared on Wednesday's program and sang a version of "More Today Than Yesterday"
from her most recent album, "I Love You." During the performance, she walked over to where the 12 contestants were standing and briefly pointed the microphone at Richardson.
After her performance, she said she was happy to be part of a program that was inspirational to young people with show business dreams.