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Enquirer: Diahann Carroll has dementia

[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.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 8003/21/2014

Oh no. She was amazing.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 107/24/2013

yesterday she was doing BWAY and now today she has dementia....wow show biz does have a lot of ups and downs

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 207/24/2013

She'll never play Denvah again!

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 307/24/2013

Very sad but truthfully, I never thought she had a good voice to begin with.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 407/24/2013

Roger Friedman says she's been cast in Raisin In the Sun on Broadway.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 507/24/2013

Tell me something I DON'T know! That viper has been demented since the 70s!

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 607/24/2013

Diahann is a huge bitch.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 707/24/2013

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.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 807/24/2013

It's the Enquirer, heifers.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 907/24/2013

R9 is right.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 1007/24/2013

[quote]It's the Enquirer, heifers.

r9, gurl please.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 1107/24/2013

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.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 1207/24/2013

She seems OK in her part on the Matt Bomer show White Collar. She even sang in one episode if I recall correctly.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 1307/24/2013

R13 cue cards

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 1407/24/2013

Being a special guest star with a few lines to read on a scripted TV show is very different than singing on Broadway.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 1507/24/2013

Jack Nicholson is also suffering from dementia.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 1607/24/2013

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.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 1707/24/2013

How can they tell?

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 1807/24/2013

[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!

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 1907/24/2013

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.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 2007/24/2013

"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 . . .

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 2107/24/2013

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.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 2207/24/2013

House of Flowers put Diane on the Broadway map.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 2307/24/2013

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.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 2407/24/2013

[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.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 2507/24/2013

Dominique: Alexis!

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!

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 2607/24/2013

Both Hazel Scott and Billy Daniels had TV shows in 1950 -- 18 years before Diahann Carroll and Leslie Uggams.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 2707/24/2013

The role of Diahann Carroll will now be played by David Ehrenstein.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 2807/25/2013

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.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 2907/25/2013

Hmm, this is from July 23 and is saying she's going to Broadway.

I call BS on the Enquirer.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 3007/25/2013

Dementia may be too strong, but she did have memory problems which forced her to pull out of a production of On Golden Pond.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 3107/25/2013

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?

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 3207/25/2013

This is so sad. I loved her in Dynasty and I respect the fact that she was a TV pioneer. Get well Diahann!!

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 3307/25/2013

Has anyone else seen Claudine? That's a nice little film.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 3407/25/2013

[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?

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 3507/25/2013

Leslie Uggams's first TV appearance was on "Beulah" starring Ethel Waters with Dooley Wilson (of "Casablanca" fame) as Beulah's boyfriend

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 3607/25/2013

She's still on White Collar. We don't see a lot of her, but she shows up from time to time.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 3707/25/2013

Only on DL do people give a shit about billing.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 3807/25/2013

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.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 3907/25/2013

Saw her in Sunset Blvd in Toronto and she was horrible. She almost made Hayley Mills in King and I sound good. Almost.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 4007/25/2013

[quote] This is so sad.

IT'S NOT TRUE.

Read R30.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 4107/25/2013

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?

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 4207/25/2013

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.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 4307/25/2013

That you at R42, Diahann?

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 4407/25/2013

nasty mean woman

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 4507/25/2013

Puleeeze, r45, give her a break. Diahann never reached the peaks that were expected of her after No Strings. It was hit and miss. Now she's an old bleached blonde with dementia. Sad.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 4607/25/2013

It's so sad to see a soap queen aging.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 4707/26/2013

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.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 4807/26/2013

My dramatics teacher always says I have the elegance of a white Diahnn Carroll.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 5007/26/2013

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.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 5107/26/2013

Has her ex- Vic Damone been in touch her at all? Anyone know how he is? I thought they were great together.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 5207/26/2013

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.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 5307/26/2013

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?

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 5407/26/2013

Richard Rodgers wrote No Strings for Diahann because he was "seeing her" at the time.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 5507/26/2013

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.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 5607/26/2013

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.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 5707/31/2013

why is she estranged from her only daughter?

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 5807/31/2013

Who are you all talking about?

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 5907/31/2013

R57--So glad to hear she's okay.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 6008/01/2013

Will I be served my pudding before or during the show?

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 6108/01/2013

Can she still get a table at Spago's without a reservation?

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 6208/01/2013

At least she's not on food stamps.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 6308/01/2013

She lost her marbles eons ago.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 6408/01/2013

Me Too! She's one of my fave all time older black negress actresses

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 6508/01/2013

Didn't she always?

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 6608/01/2013

David Frost. Discuss.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 6708/01/2013

I'm a young victim of senility!

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 6803/21/2014

How can they tell?

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 6903/21/2014

Sadly, many of us will develop some sort of dementia eventually. No one is immune.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 7003/21/2014

Will she still be a recurring character on White Collar?

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 7103/21/2014

[quote]Will she still be a recurring character on White Collar?

Yes, she just won't know it.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 7203/21/2014

She needs more sex.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 7303/21/2014

The name sounds familiar. Is she the singing nun?

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 7403/21/2014

David Frost? Ewwwwww!

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 7503/21/2014

R12: on Broadway the person who will backup an actor/actress is called an understudy.

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 7603/21/2014

[quote]This is going to be a huge boost to my career.

Ditto!

by RETRACT this, you VIPERSreply 7703/21/2014

Dick? Dick Rodgers, is that you? They told me you were dead!

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