Rhonda Ross Kendrick

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Rhonda Ross
Born Rhonda Suzanne Silberstein
(1971-08-14) August 14, 1971 (age 46)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Other names
  • Rhonda Ross Kendrick
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • public speaker
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Rodney Kendrick (m. 1996)
Children 1
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
Associated acts
Website rhondarosskendrick.com

Rhonda Ross (born Rhonda Suzanne Silberstein; August 14, 1971) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and public speaker. She is the daughter of singer/actress Diana Ross. She was born in Los Angeles and under California family law in effect at the time, she is legally the daughter of Robert Ellis Silberstein because he was married to her mother at the time she was born. But she is biologically the daughter of Motown founder Berry Gordy.

Early life[edit]

At the time of Rhonda's birth, Diana Ross was married to her first husband, Robert Ellis Silberstein.[1] Although Gordy, Ross, and Silberstein all knew of Rhonda's parentage, she was publicly represented as the daughter of Silberstein; who agreed to raise her as his own daughter.[2] Although Gordy was always a close family friend, he became more paternal toward her after she was informed of her true paternity when she was 13. She has said that the revelation came as a relief: she had previously found herself troubled over the stark physical differences she had noticed developing between herself and her two half-sisters, and now she was realizing the peace of having the explanation for these differences. She remains close with her legal father, Robert Ellis Silberstein, who regards her as his biological as well as his legal daughter. Rhonda Ross Kendrick is the eldest of Diana Ross' five children and the seventh of Berry Gordy's eight biological children. She is a graduate of Brown University.


Ross Kendrick's most famous acting credit is Toni Burrell on Another World. She played the role from 1997 to 1999 and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 1998. She also appeared in the movie The Personals (1999) with Malik Yoba as well as The Temptations miniseries with her relative Bianca Lawson. In 2004, she released her debut live album Rhonda Ross Live Featuring Rodney Kendrick.[3]

After working for two years as an agent with the firm Citi Habitats, she found Ross Realty International, a real-estate brokerage firm in New York City in 2008.[4]

In 2013, she joined her mother (Diana Ross) on the In the Name of Love Tour as the opening act for her concerts.[5] In July 2016, she released her first studio album In Case You Didn't Know.[6] The album spawned the singles "Summer Day" and "In Case You Didn't Know".[7]

Personal life[edit]

On September 13, 1996, she married jazz musician Rodney Kendrick. On August 7, 2009, she gave birth to their son Raif-Henok Emmanuel Kendrick.[8]


  • Rhonda Ross Live Featuring Rodney Kendrick (2004)
  • In Case You Didn't Know (2016)


Film and television
Year Show Role Notes
1985 The Last Dragon 7th Heaven Dancer Theatrical film
1992 Diana Ross Live! The Lady Sings... Jazz & Blues: Stolen Moments Herself Television documentary
1994 Out of Darkness Young Paulie Cooper Television movie
1997-1999 Another World Toni Burrell Television series
1997 Oddville, MTV
1998 Franchesca Page Theatrical film
25th Daytime Emmy Awards Television special
The Temptations Maxine Television miniseries
1999 Personals Sheila Theatrical film
2000 The 16th Annual Soap Opera Awards Television special
Girlfriends Laurie Television series
2011 The Oprah Winfrey Show Herself


  1. ^ "Showbiz Wiz". People Magazine. 15 January 1979. 
  2. ^ Anderson, Stacie (15 April 2011). "Week in Rock History: Elvis Dies at Graceland". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Rhonda Ross Live Featuring Rodney Kendrick - Album by Rhonda Ross on Apple Music. iTunes. Retrieved on April 25, 2017
  4. ^ Ross Realty International Archived July 10, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Hardy, Ernest (August 4, 2013). "Review: Diana Ross still show-stopping at the Hollywood Bowl". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ In Case You Didn't Know - Album by Rhonda Ross on Apple Music. iTunes. Retrieved on April 25, 2017
  7. ^ Summer Day - Single by Rhonda Ross on Apple Music. iTunes. Retrieved on April 25, 2017
  8. ^ "Black Celebrity Kids,babies,and their Parents » RHONDA ROSS OPENS UP ABOUT BEING A NEW MOM". Blackcelebkids.Com. 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 

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