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Supreme talent

Diana Ross has been at it for more than 40 years. In an industry where the average shelf life of a pop artist is less than half a decade, that's an incredibly impressive run. Happily for Ross, as she nears the inevitable time of retirement, her spotlight has suddenly taken on added intensity.

The mega-success of the film "Dreamgirls," loosely based on the meteoric rise and incredible streak of hit singles achieved by Ross and her Supremes as Motown rode its comet to a pre-eminentposition in the 1960s, and the concurrent release of a new album of soul, R&B and pop standards, "I Love You," has placed Ross front and center once again. It's a position she seems to relish, a part she was born to play.

Ross kicked off her "I Love You" tour earlier this week, and on Wednesday she will begin a two-night stand inside the Avalon Ballroom of the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. Performances begin at 8 p.m. both evenings, and both shows are sold out.

-- Jeff Miers

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