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She was listed as "Diane" during the first Supremes records, and she introduced herself as "Diane" until early in the group's heyday. Virginia Baytop's mother Francis "Frankey" Baytop was a former slave who had become a midwife after the Civil War.
Ross and her family originally lived on Belmont Road in the North End section of Detroit, near Highland Park, Michigan, where her neighbor was Smokey Robinson.
She later released the album Touch Me in the Morning in 1973; its title track reached number 1, as her second solo No. She continued a successful solo career through the 1970s, which included hit albums like Mahogany and Diana Ross and their number-one hit singles, "Theme from Mahogany" and "Love Hangover", respectively.
Her 1980 album Diana produced another number-one single, "Upside Down", as well as the international hit "I'm Coming Out".
In the Name of Love", "You Can't Hurry Love", "You Keep Me Hangin' On", "Love Child", and "Someday We'll Be Together".
She is a 12-time Grammy nominee, never earning a competitive honor, but later became the recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
When Ross was seven, her mother contracted tuberculosis, causing her to become seriously ill.
Ross's father moved with his children to live with relatives in Bessemer, Alabama.
After her mother recovered, her family moved back to Detroit.
a four-year college and preparatory magnet school, in downtown Detroit, Ross began taking classes including clothing design, millinery, pattern making, and tailoring, as she had aspired to become a fashion designer.