Rhonda Ross Kendrick

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Rhonda Ross Kendrick
Born Rhonda Suzanne Silberstein
(1971-08-14) August 14, 1971 (age 45)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Rodney Kendrick (1996–present; 1 son)

Rhonda Ross Kendrick (born Rhonda Suzanne Silberstein; August 14, 1971) is an American actress. Her mother is singer and actress Diana Ross, and her biological father is Motown founder Berry Gordy.


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. She is a graduate of Brown University. She has been married to jazz musician Rodney Kendrick since September 13, 1996. On 7 August 2009, their son Raif-Henok Emmanuel Kendrick was born.[1] She became an aunt in September 2012 when her younger sister Chudney gave birth to daughter Calloway Lane.

After working for two years as an agent with the firm Citi Habitats, Ross Kendrick set out on her own, founding Ross Realty International, a real-estate brokerage in New York City, in 2008.[2]


At the time of Ross Kendrick's birth, Diana Ross was married to her first husband, Robert Ellis Silberstein. Although Gordy, Ross, and Silberstein all knew of Rhonda's parentage, she was publicly represented as Silberstein's daughter. Although Gordy was always a close family friend, he became more fatherly 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 sisters, and now she was realizing the peace of having the explanation for these differences.

Rhonda Ross Kendrick is the eldest of Diana Ross' five children. Her maternal half-siblings are:

  • Tracee Joy Silberstein (sister; born October 29, 1972; known as Tracee Ellis Ross)
  • Chudney Lane Silberstein (sister; born November 4, 1975; known as Chudney Ross)
  • Ross Arne Naess (brother; born October 7, 1987)
  • Evan Olav Naess, (brother; born August 26, 1988; known as Evan Ross)

She is the seventh of Berry Gordy's eight children; her paternal half-siblings are:

  • Hazel Joy Gordy (sister; born August 24, 1954)
  • Berry Gordy IV (brother; born October 1955)
  • Terry James Gordy (brother; born August 1956)
  • Kerry Ashby Gordy (brother; born June 25, 1959)
  • Sherry Gordy (sister; born May 23, 1960)
  • Kennedy William Gordy (brother; born March 15, 1964) (sang briefly under the stage name Rockwell)
  • Stefan Kendal Gordy (brother; born September 3, 1975) (known as Redfoo of the popular group LMFAO); Rhonda's only younger paternal sibling.


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. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived July 10, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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