It's conventional wisdom that Hollywood has no use for a woman over 40. So it's a good thing that Diahann Carroll, with her winning career, is anything but conventional.
With wisdom that only aging gracefully can bestow, she talks frankly about her four marriages as well as her other relationships, including her courtship with Sidney Poitier; racial politics in show business; and the personal cost, particularly to her family, of being a pioneer.
From a recent, Emmy-nominated role on Grey's Anatomy to appearances on Oprah, Diahann Carroll's legendary stage, film, and television career has spanned more than five decades.
Her title role on Julia beginning in 1968 established Carroll as the first African-American actress to star in her own television series. The role garnered her both an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe win to go along with the 1962 Best Actress Tony Award she won for her role in No Strings (also a first for a black woman). Diahann also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in Claudine.
In the 1980s, Diahann joined the glitzy night-time soap opera Dynasty as the jet-setter Dominique Deveraux.
Carroll's career continued strong in the 1990s with appearances in films such as The Five Heartbeats; she also starred as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.
As a breast cancer survivor and activist, Carroll invited a camera crew into her treatment room for a national broadcast special to draw attention to the cause.
Ever the consummate performer, her new cabaret show at Feinstein's has traveled nationwide to sold-out audiences.
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Addicted to reading!
Ms.Carroll writes her memories the same as her professional image: full of class! I finished the book hoping so much to have lived in her life and been her friend. I loved the wonderful self confidence that she has exuberated throughout her life and never for one second expressed regret, bitterness or presented herself less than perfection in every part of her live. I loved the book and highly recommend it to anyone who longs for the golden age!
"Diahann Carroll, as you never imagined"
Loved it. Very forthright and real. I have enjoyed Ms. Carroll over the years, however, hearing her narrate her life's successes and failures with such candor made her seem more of a real person; relatable.
"Mixed up mess"
In the beginning of her book she talks about how she fell down some stairs. What she forgot to say was that she must have been carrying the final draft of this book with her to take to the printers office, and in fall, the chapters were disarrayed and never put back in order. That is the only reason I can see why this book is just a mass of stories that don't always have a start or sometimes a finish.
It has no flow. It is just a bunch of stories that have no structure. She jumps from one story and subject to another, sometimes in the middle of a story, so you forget what the point of her story was or who she was talking about. One minute she is talking about the death of someone and then she is talking about a dinner she had with them. You sit there and think "I thought they died three chapters back?" She also seems to really think she is the greatest talent out there. No humility in her at all.
She also never really concludes a story she is telling. For instance She talks about her run-in with Andrew Lloyd Webber and how she walked out of her audition for Sunset Blvd. She felt he was a racist. Later she talks about playing the part but you never find out how she got the part in Sunset Blvd if she walked out on him after telling him off. Things like that make this book a mess.
Love her voice, she sounds like a very classy woman and I am sure she is. Her voice is like butter. I say that is a good way.
Some of the stories are funny but that is about it.
I was sad when she stood up for her co-star in the TV show Gray's Anatomy after he called another actor a homophobic slur. She said she felt the actor should have just gotten over it. And that no one should have been fired from the show. Yet earlier in her book, she talks about how she had a band leader fired for calling her the "N" word. You cannot have it both ways Ms. Carroll.
Furthermore, she got her info wrong. The homophobic actor never apologized for saying the word Fa**t! In fact, he said the word again on an award show where he denied ever calling his costar on the show a F*g. That was the real reason he was fired.
She talks about how everyone needs to loosen up about words and name calling, yet further in her book she again is outraged someone uses the "N" word to her. Both words are disgusting and it's sad she seems to feel it is OK for one word used to put someone down but not the other.
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