Thursday, April 30, 2009


Coming soon is an unauthorized biography that paints Miss Diana Ross as...ambitious. According to author Mark Ribowsky, Diana "knew she was on the fast track to stardom the day she got to Motown, and also -- on the first day she knew who she wanted to sleep with to keep up the momentum. That, of course, turned out to be Berry Gordy."

This is hilarious. OF COURSE Diana Ross knew she was going to be a star. Just like Barbra Streisand and Madonna knew they were going to be stars. But there has to be talent to back up steely-eyed bravado. Diana Ross was it. She had the look, the sound, the iron discipline. She didn't have to sleep with anybody to get where she got.

I've always had a feeling that a lot of Miss Ross' "attitude" has been defensive. She knew people thought she'd gotten her breaks because Berry was infatuated with her. The truth is, Berry Gordy fell in love with her talent. Then he fell in love with the girl.

Eventually, Diana struggled to get away from Berry and Motown, probably to prove to herself -- and to others -- that she could be a great star without the support of her mogul-lover. (And the secret father of her first child.) She did that.