Drawn from interviews and featuring rare, never-before-published photos, this fascinating biography of the legendary icon, temperamental superstar, Civil Rights trailblazer, and mother delves into all aspects of her life, including her family, her romances, her career, and much more.
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Taraborrelli has totally rewritten, expanded and updated his 1989 bio Call Her Miss Ross to create what is now truly a definitive biography. The new book boasts epic research, including extensive interviews with Ross and virtually all the major people in her life (his enviable first-hand access began in the 1970s when he started an international fan club for the Supremes and later worked for Mary Wilson). This time out, there is more background about the early Supremes years that yields a complex and fascinating tale of ambition, ego, insecurities and harsh showbiz realities. Taraborrelli delves more deeply into Ross’s psyche, allowing readers to fully appreciate her drive to escape Detroit and conquer the music world. The book also benefits greatly from Taraborrelli’s thoughtful analysis of conflicting viewpoints represented in published memoirs by Ross, Wilson, Berry Gordy, and a slew of Motown performers. It’s to Taraborrelli’s credit that he refuses to cast people as one-dimensional heroes, victims or villains. This riveting page-turner is actually a tribute to a woman who has survived and thrived for more than four decades in a profession littered with one-hit wonders. 16-pages of photos. (Sept.)
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In his acknowledgments, Taraborrelli asks if there is anything he can say about Diana Ross in this book that he hasn’t already said in his first two biographies of the diva. That daring admission may be the most revelatory thing about this rehash of the author’s Call Her Miss Ross (1989). Aside from a little new information on Ross’ life since 1989, Taraborrelli delivers the same mix of gossip and quotes from sources with obvious personal agendas that made up the earlier book (the same sort of thing, in fact, that characterizes most “unauthorized” biographies). Still, for those not overly familar with Ross’ history, the story of a determined young woman who became a Motown superstar is undeniably engaging. The real reason for the publication of this book at this time is no doubt the success of the movie Dreamgirls, and in fact, that film just may generate new readers interested in comparing the fictional version of Ross’ life to the real thing. Pitt, David
About the Author
J. Randy Taraborrelli is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Elizabeth, Once Upon a Time, Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot, Madonna: An Intimate Biography, Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness, and Call Her Miss Ross. He has been a CBS News analyst and remains a popular TV commentator for many programs. He lives in Los Angeles.