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Friday, April 11, 2014

Diana Ross is 70-Years Old and Going Strong After Recovering From Addiction to Pain Killers and Alcohol

Diana Ross

She's timeless. Many remember her well as Diana Ross and the Supremes (ok, you're dating yourself) back in the 1960's. Others may remember many of her solo hit songs, such as Ain’t No Mountain High Enough in 1970 or Touch Me in the Morning in 1973. Whether it was music or movies (she played Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues), Diana Ross has been known by millions for four decades.

What many do not know is that she suffered from addiction to pain killers. Like many people who start taking prescription medicine for pain, she also was prescribed painkillers for an old injury and eventually became addicted. It's a scenario that is occurring too often all across America, hooking people who started out innocently enough until the drugs take over and end up wreaking havoc with their lives.

Diana sought help for her addiction to pain killers and alcohol, and she is back, healthier and stronger than ever. She has survived career ups and downs, the death of her father, and the breakup of her marriage. But she is back, recording new love songs, and has received the BET's Lifetime Achievement Award and a John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Honors Award. In 2012, Diana Ross was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Today, Diana is 70 and still sexy, glamorous and can belt out a song that can bring the house down. She showed 'em how it's done recently at the 2014 Museum of Contemporary Art gala in Los Angeles, a fundraiser for the museum, where Diana entertained audiences by singing all her number one hits. It just goes to show you that hard work, perseverance and incredible talent can rise above personal tragedies and circumstances. In Diana's case, millions are so glad that her perseverance paid off so very well for her.

Welcome back Diana!
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