oscar Movies: Mahogany (1975)–Starring Diana Ross

Directed by Berry Gordy, Jr. as a vehicle for his star Diana Ross, after her stunning turn in The Lady Sings the Blues, Mahogany traces the life of a poor girl who makes it in the fashion world, first as a model, then designer.  She deserts her boyfriend (Billy Dee Williams), hooking up instead with a strange photographer (Anthony Perkins).

Berry Gordy took over helming after firing the original director, Tony Richardson.

The cast also includes Bea Richards, Nina Foch, Jean –Pierre Aumont. and

The failure of this picture signaled the end of Diana Ross’ screen career.

Oscar Context:

The song “Do You Know When You’re Going To” (Gerry Goffin/Michael Masser) was Oscar-nominated.

The winner was Keith Carradine for ”I’m Easy,” from Altman’s movie, Nashville.


Running time: 109 minutes.

Directed by Berry Gordy

Released: October 8, 1975

DVD: May 1, 2007

Paramount Pictures