Gordy instructed Ross and her friends to finish high school and come back, which they did in 1962.
Ross, Ballard, and Wilson then signed a contract with Motown, and Ballard selected a name for the group—the "Supremes"—a name that Ross disliked.
After her third daughter was born in 1975 she and Silberstein were divorced.
The male counterparts of the Primettes were called the Primes, and their members included Paul Williams (1939–1973) and Eddie Kendricks (1939–1992), who would later form part of the Motown superstar group the Temptations.
Yet another Motown superstar, Smokey Robinson (1940–), introduced Ross and the Primettes at Motown Studios, where they visited frequently until they met Motown producer Berry Gordy (1929–).
Ross was cast as the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday (1915–1959) in the Motown film production Lady Sings the Blues.
Her critically acclaimed performance earned her an Academy Award nomination for best actress.