Until now, Diana Ross’ youngest daughter, Chudney Ross, 28, has kept a low profile — after graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in English and Fine Arts, she worked as a school teacher in an underincome district in Los Angeles. However, she’s spending this summer in New York working in television production, and last weekend hit the Hamptons for Piaget’s Burlesque Bash for the Young Patrons of Guild Hall.

Ross describes herself as a “a producer-actress-who knows what else,” but for the time being, she’s focusing on finding a publisher for her children’s books and starting a production company that would develop children’s programming.

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“I would love to do a ‘Sesame Street’ that draws a wider variety of youth with hip music and more relatable characters,” she explains. “I’ve just always loved the puppets and I think it’s so exciting to sing a lesson.”

A rethinking of “Sesame Street” seems only natural for Ross, who got her start singing with Big Bird on those PBS steps when she was in first grade. “We actually sang ‘John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt’ and ‘The ABCs,’” she says.

Though she grew up in Greenwich, Conn., Ross says she’s “a California girl at heart.”

“I would love to live everyday in Juicy Couture and Ugg boots, but life doesn’t work that way. If I’m looking to be more elegant, which is rare, I go for Ralph Lauren.”

Similarly, she’s hesitant to whittle down to a single hyphenate. “I love being behind the scenes and producing,” she says, adding, “I don’t have a huge acting résumé, but having grown up with a family full of entertainers, I’ve always seemed drawn to that.”

— Marshall Heyman

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