When ‘Dreamgirls’ was released, Diana Ross refused to watch it because ‘It Is Not Our Story.’
In the 1960s and 1970s, Diana Ross was the lead singer of the music group The Supremes. The band became stars with their breakthrough single, “Where Did My Love Go,” after years of being dubbed the “no-hit Supremes.” Ross quit the group in 1977 to pursue a solo career. Dreamgirls, a 1980s musical and 2006 film, was inspired by the Supremes’ experiences. Beyoncé played Deena Jones, a character partially based on Ross, in the film.
Why didn’t Diana Ross see ‘Dreamgirls’?
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Ross revealed her feelings regarding Dreamgirls in April 2007. During an interview with The Detroit News, the “Love Hangover” singer admitted that she hadn’t seen Dreamgirls since it premiered in December 2006. The 77-year-old artist expressed her dissatisfaction with the film. Ross was concerned that the audience would believe everything in the film happened in real life because of the similarities between the fictional group The Dreams and The Supremes.
According to the Evening Standard, she remarked, “I have not seen Dreamgirls because I know it is not our tale, and I know they have taken photos and likenesses of our tale and appropriated them.”
“So I’m not sure how to react because I’m congratulated on one hand, but it’s not true on the other. People will believe there is some truth there when there isn’t.”
How ‘Dreamgirls’ drew influence from Diana Ross and The Supremes
Dreamgirls made its Broadway debut in December 1981. When the show first aired, many people compared it to Berry Gordy’s Motown label. The Temptations, The Jackson 5, and The Supremes were all signed to the Detroit-based record label. The original supremes, Ross, Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson, pounded out success after success through Motown… This is a condensed version of the narrative. I hope you found it entertaining.