[quote]Iconic actress DIAHANN CARROLL is suffering from dementia, The ENQUIRER has learned. The 78-year-old TV trailblazer – in 1968 she became the first African-American woman to star in her own television series, “Julia” – is still in the early stages of the disease. But a source says her memory loss is increasing, and the still-beautiful actress is devastated because she knows she may never sing again.
Diahann has been known to be a nasty piece of work.
That being said, her Norma Desmond on the Canadian cast recording of SUNSET BLVD is thrilling.
It's the Enquirer, heifers.
R9 is right.
[quote]It's the Enquirer, heifers.
r9, gurl please.
This has been circulating for a number of years, though not to the public. A friend of mine was her standby during the rehearsal period of a show headed for Broadway.
Within weeks, memory became a significant issue and DC was replaced... Another star was called in.
Carroll had been a perfectionist of sorts (resulting in rumors of her nastiness but, at the same time, high praise from those who worked closest with her.
And I do agree with R8 about her performance of Norma Desmond in SUNSET BOULEVARD.
She seems OK in her part on the Matt Bomer show White Collar. She even sang in one episode if I recall correctly.
R13 cue cards
Being a special guest star with a few lines to read on a scripted TV show is very different than singing on Broadway.
Jack Nicholson is also suffering from dementia.
I can tell by the way her wig is on in that pic that she has dementia!
Btw, Diahann was NOT the first black to star in a TV show. You'd have to go back to 1950 for that.
[quote]Being a special guest star with a few lines to read on a scripted TV show is very different than singing on Broadway.
I'll shhhhay! 8 shhhoshs a week?..... Nah!
Lizsha with a Zheee
She was fabulous in NO STRINGS in 1962 and the Donald Brooks-designed wardrobe for her was equally fabulous. Put them both on the map--she on Broadway and he on 7th Avenue.
"Btw, Diahann was NOT the first black to star in a TV show. You'd have to go back to 1950 for that. "
Bitch, please . . .
Who before DC had their own TV show, R17? I would also suspect that at her age, too many lines would be difficult to remember even without dementia.
House of Flowers put Diane on the Broadway map.
r21, you forget Louise that I was "Beulah" on ABC for the first two seasons when it was filmed in New York. You and Hattie were in the later Hollywood version.
[quote]Who before DC had their own TV show,
"Beulah" moved from radio to TV in 1950.
Ethel Waters starred as Beulah for the first year of the TV program. Hattie McDaniel, star of radio's Beulah, joined the cast in September of 1951 but only filmed six episodes of the second season before falling ill. She was quickly replaced by Louise Beavers, who stayed with the show until its cancellation in December 1952.
Diahann Carroll starred in "Julia" 1968-71.
Alexis: What do you want?
Dominique: I've heard you don't care for my singing!
Alexis: That's right. It's the truth that hurts!
Dominique: The truth? I hope you say that when I sue you in court for libel!
Alexis: Oh, you'd only make a fool of yourself, Dominique! Everyone knows you're nothing but a... a second-rate lounge act!
Dominique: I.. I... I... wait, where are we?... And who the fuck are you, English lady? What's up with those stupid shoulder pads, and with all that heavy make-up? Shit. You look like a goddamn ho!
Both Hazel Scott and Billy Daniels had TV shows in 1950 -- 18 years before Diahann Carroll and Leslie Uggams.
The role of Diahann Carroll will now be played by David Ehrenstein.
Aw, I love Diahann. Loved her in Sunset in Toronto, my 2nd favorite Norma after Betty Buckley.
About 10 years ago I picked up the cast recording of House of Flowers at a used CD place and fell in love with it. I adore her rendition of "I Never Has Seen Snow."
And of course Dominique was one of Dynasty's best characters.
I just watched Claudine the other day for the first time ever and she's really quite a firestorm.
This makes me sad.
Hmm, this is from July 23 and is saying she's going to Broadway.
I call BS on the Enquirer.
Dementia may be too strong, but she did have memory problems which forced her to pull out of a production of On Golden Pond.
I always wondered why she seemed to be the last billed on "Dynasty." Her name was always second-to-last right before the "and Joan Collins as Alexis." But, it wasn't like "with Diahann Carroll...and Joan Collins as Alexis" indicating that she had a special billing. It was just next to last indicating (as far as I know) that she had last billing.
When Dynasty was first on I wasn't aware that she had been in anything before, but now that I know it seem like she should have been 5th maybe? After: Forsythe, Evans, Collins and James?
This is so sad. I loved her in Dynasty and I respect the fact that she was a TV pioneer. Get well Diahann!!
Has anyone else seen Claudine? That's a nice little film.
[quote]Very sad but truthfully, I never thought she had a good voice to begin with.
What the fuck is the point of you stating you don't like her voice?
Leslie Uggams's first TV appearance was on "Beulah" starring Ethel Waters with Dooley Wilson (of "Casablanca" fame) as Beulah's boyfriend
She's still on White Collar. We don't see a lot of her, but she shows up from time to time.
Only on DL do people give a shit about billing.
She's been appearing less and less on White Collar, and particularly the most recent season, she was hardly on it, so I don't have difficulty believing her health is failing. It's a shame; she really classed up the joint on WC.
Saw her in Sunset Blvd in Toronto and she was horrible. She almost made Hayley Mills in King and I sound good. Almost.
[quote] This is so sad.
IT'S NOT TRUE.
Was "Beulah" ever a radio show. Our local NPR station plays classic radio programs at night. On one there is a sassy maid type, I think she's named "Beulah." Wasn't there a miniseries called "Beulah Land." I think Delta Burke starred in it. Am I correct?
Always liked DC. She has/had an elegance about her. Read somewhere that Richard Rogers wrote the musical "No Strings" specifically for her. That would have been around 1961.
Sad topic but I've found this thread very funny. Surely, that's how she'd prefer to be remembered--for her performances, not her illness.
She approached Aaron Spelling in a restaurant and basically cast herself as Dominique, bringing a lot of vitality to Dynasty. The subplot with Billy Dee Williams didn't amount to much but I loved that conservative Blake ended up with a black sister, in addition to a gay son.
She was replaced by Leslie Uggums on Bway a few years ago....
My dramatics teacher always says I have the elegance of a white Diahnn Carroll.
Some of the older theater fans would always point out what a bitch Pearlie Mae Bailey was to poor Diahann when they were in "House of Flowers". Looks like Diahann later became as much of a pain in the ass and an even bigger bitch than Pearl Bailey.
Has her ex- Vic Damone been in touch her at all? Anyone know how he is? I thought they were great together.
As she herself wrote in her autobiog, everything she learned about makeup and glamour was from famed transsexual Christine Jorgensen.
They shared a dressing room at Diahann's first nightclub booking in the early 50s at the Latin Quarter in NYC (run by Barbara Walters' father Lou).
That totally explains Dominique Devereaux.
Diahann was rightfully pissed that Billy Dee Williams was paid more than her for Dynasty and said so publicly.
She also reported that diva legend Lena Horne was a bitch to her when they met. Nobody ever gives Lena credit for being a bitch among other things, why?
Richard Rodgers wrote No Strings for Diahann because he was "seeing her" at the time.
House of Flowers composer Harold Arlen had to step in at the last minute of the recording of the show's album to sing the final high (or low?) note of I Never Has Seen Snow for young Diahann because her voice just gave out.
Gorgeous song and impeccable rendition and you can hear it if you listen carefully.
Let's just end this topic on a high-note:
Denzel Washington announced on KELLY and MICHAEL LIVE yesterday that he will be returning to Broadway in the spring of 2014 in the revival of RAISIN IN THE SUN and Ms. Carroll has been cast as his mother, Mrs. Younger.
End of thread.