Here’s another story about about the “sometimes” temperamental Diana Ross.
This event reportedly took place in Rome, during the filming of the 1975 film Mahogany.
Director Berry Gordy kept pushing Diana Diana Ross, who was pregnant at the time, for take after take. But she finally couldn’t take it anymore.
she slapped Berry so hardhis glasses flew across the room. She then stormed into her trailer with assistants in tow, and jumped on the next flight to Los Angeles. A body double had to complete her scenes.
Mahogany was produced by Motown Productions and released to theaters by Paramount Pictures on October 8, 1975. Diana had the leading role as a poor African-American woman who rises to become a popular fashion designer in Rome.
The film ultimately performed well at the box office upon its release. It includes a Ross-sung theme song, “Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To),” which became a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976.
It held the number-one spot for one week (January 17–January 24, 1976), replacing “I Write the Songs” by Barry Manilow and replaced by “Love Rollercoaster” by the Ohio Players. “Theme from Mahogany,” written by Michael Masser & Gerald Goffin and produced by Masser, was the best-reviewed element of Mahogany and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song was later covered by Mariah Carey in 1998 and Sony Music labelmate Jennifer Lopez the following year.
Mahogany was released on VHS home video in the 1990s, and was issued on DVD on May 1, 2007.