While NBC’s The Wiz
Live is technically an adaptation of the 1975 Tony-winning musical, many
fans are probably more familiar with the 1978 film version starring Richard
Pryor, Lena Horne, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.
As Dorothy, Ross played a shy 24-year-old schoolteacher who
finds herself lost in the Land of Oz and relying on the help of her newfound
companions, Scarecrow (Jackson), Tin Man (Nipsey Russell), and Cowardly Lion
(Ted Ross) to find her way home.
While the film was hardly a box office hit, it quickly
became a cult classic thanks to the unforgettable musical performances by
Jackson and Ross.
WATCH: Diana Ross' Kids Open Up About Their Famous Mom
For Diana’s daughter, Tracee Ellis Ross, The Wiz holds a particularly special
meaning since she was able to spend time on the set as a kid. When asked about
her favorite moment from the film, she tells ETonline it was when her mother is
“That one cut on her face is probably one of the most moving
acting moments I’ve ever seen in my life,” the Black-ish star says.