I've always thought Mary Wilson was the most glamorous of the Supremes. She had a beautiful smile, a sexy full figure and seemed the most approachable of the three Supremes. And she was a constant presence through a number of personnel changes that occurred with the group, which she was a part of from 1961-1977. (In the photo to the right, Mary is in the middle, between Diana Ross and Florence Ballard.)
Not to take anything away from Diana, but Miss Ross was a largely manufactured star with a reed-thin frame, bulging eyes and a thin, rather screechy voice. And although she grabbed much of the glory, Mary always gave Diana her due and refrained from badmouthing her. I own a DVD boxed set of performances from The Ed Sullivan Show and one of the discs is devoted to the Supremes. (In the photo to the left Mary is shaking Sullivan's hand.) Watching their glorious performances I would find myself focusing on Mary who always seemed to be having a good time.
Sadly, Mary recently died (Feb. 8, 2021), a month shy of her 77th birthday (DOB: 3/6/44). In 1986 her autobiography Dreamgirl: My Life As a Supreme was published. It focuses on the groups rise and ascent to superstardom. A sequel titled Supreme Faith was published in 1990 and details the years following Diana's departure and discusses Mary's career after the Supremes. (The two books have since been combined into one 752-page volume available on Amazon.)