People, Feb. 14, 1977

"I love being rich. I love playing tennis and not being cold in the winter. I am the original Horatio Alger story." The "I" is Diana Ross, who will tell some of that story in a March 6 NBC special featuring songs, dances and other acts. Paying tribute to black entertainers who paved the way for her, she dresses up as Josephine Baker, Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith. Ross, 32, identifies especially with Holiday, whose life she portrayed in her first movie, Lady Sings the Blues. Says Diana: "Billie needed a lot...

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