Diana Ross makes 'Oprah Winfrey Show' magic
Diana Ross, 66, made her first television performance in four years on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Friday and the Supremes legend sat down for an interview with all of her children and her grandson for the first time on February 25th.
Ross, whose career spans more than five decades, made her entrance singing her hit "I'm Coming Out" in a Bob Mackie gown and ostrich feather boa. Oprah also joined the music legend on-stage for a duet of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."
"I have to really keep myself from going into the ugly cry," Oprah said while interviewing Ross. "Because of how much this legend, this woman means to me and my life... I'm going to try to keep it together."
Diana's children, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, "Girlfriends" actress Tracee Ellis Ross, Chudney Ross, Ross Arne Naess and Evan Ross (who is currently on "90210") joined her on-stage. Her first grandson, Raif Henok Emmanuel Kendrick who was born to Rhonda and Rhonda's husband, jazz musician Rodney Kendrick in August 2009 also made an appearance.
Ross disproved her diva reputation, telling Oprah that she never demands that anyone call her "Miss Ross," but believes that when one has earned respect, it is expected in polite company. Ross's children proved further that their mother was down-to-earth despite keeping company with the likes of Cher and Michael Jackson.
Her daughter Tracee said that the three girls shared a room and that her mother was very good at creating "a sense of normalcy and routine." And Ross talked about sleeping on an air mattress in her daughter Rhonda's apartment during her difficult pregnancy with her son Raif. Rhonda joked that Ross was overly excited for her first grandchild.
"She was the first one to grab the baby," Rhonda told Oprah. "She ran out like it was a football!"
As if that weren't enough, Oprah surprised Ross with a reunion with her "Mahogany" co-star Billy Dee Williams, 35-years after the movie came out. William starred in the original "Star Wars" movies as Lando and made a TV commercial to promote Ross's 1987 album, "Red Hot Rhythm & Blues."
Ross was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award in 1972 for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in "Lady Sings the Blues." She has won 8 American Music Awards and been nominated for twelve Grammy Awards, but has never won a Grammy. Ross did win a Tony award for her one-woman show "An Evening with Diana Ross" in 1977.
Ross has had eighteen number one records in her career and was listed in the 1993 "Guinness Book of World Records" as the most successful female music artist in history. Ross has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for her solo career and one as a member of The Supremes.
Ross is currently on her "Now" tour, which wraps up in Staten Island, NY on March 20, 2011.
Check out her "Oprah" promo below.