Diana Ross performing in Central Park, 1983
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Diana may not realize her impact, but there's no debate that she's a beloved singer whose concerts pack in thousands of adoring fans—concerts like her infamous performance in New York's Central Park in 1983. During that show, hundreds of thousands of people stood in the pouring rain for hours to see her sing.

"The storm was amazing," Diana recalls. "They tried to get me to get off the stage, and I refused."

Today, Diana says she still loves performing on stage, whether things go perfectly or not, and has had many memorable moments throughout her career, from meeting Nelson Mandela—"That was pretty exciting!" she says—to being nominated for an Oscar® for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues.

"I had many incredible career moments," she says.

Watch what Diana has to say about her reputation for demanding to be called "Miss Ross."   

FROM: Supreme Icon Diana Ross, Her Five Children and a Show-Stopping Performance
Published on February 25, 2011


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