“Diamond Diana” is coming to a big screen near you, to celebrate her birthday.
The Motown superstar is the subject of Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy, a film featuring performance footage from her historic 1983 concert in New York, as well as personal perspectives on her career from family members. It is set to be shown in cinemas across the U.S. and the U.K. on March 26, the date on which Ross turns 75.
The movie premiere comes after the singer’s performance Feb. 10 on the Grammy Awards, and also follows her current Las Vegas residency, a show billed as “Diamond Diana,” running Feb. 6-23. A 15-track collection of her hits, titled Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection, was released Nov. 17 by Motown/Universal Music Enterprises.
The concert footage in Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy originates from New York’s Central Park, where she performed an open-air concert on July 21, 1983. The free show, billed as “For One and For All,” attracted several hundred thousand people, but was cut short by a powerful thunderstorm; Ross staged another show the following night.
The original concert was presented as a fundraiser for a children’s playground in Central Park, where Ross regularly took her children while living in New York.
The March 26 screening of Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy in the U.K. is also a reminder of the time the superstar celebrated her 21st birthday: on tour in Britain with the Tamla Motown Revue. That particular night, the concert – which featured the Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas, the Miracles and Stevie Wonder – was playing the ABC theatre in Kingston-on-Thames, south of London.