By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. I think his jokes were all in good fun and if the actresses and actors took offense they are way to sensitive. This is going to be one of those “compare and contrast” pieces your English teacher was so fond of forcing you to write.
Diahann’s refined beauty, ladylike glamour, mellifluous voice, and firm-yet-amiable character won over white Middle America and gave many African-American viewers (although not all…more on that later) a new point of pride in the 1960’s sitcom Julia. The weekly TV adventures of hardworking nurse and widowed mom depicted a well-educated, cultured, hard-working middle-class black woman long before the Cosby Show’s Huxtable family. As Diahann states in her enlightening and entertaining autobio The Legs are the Last to Go (speaking of Lena Horne):  “She just overwhelmed everyone with her beauty in a way that made race less relevant.
Diahann credits the movies and her mother for her more “studied idea of style.” “I grew up watching MGM musicals, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and Lena Horne, all women who were concerned with looking smashing, not natural.
Both Diahann’s parents were what she called “strivers”…trying to do better than their own parents, setting their sights on better jobs, better neighborhoods, better chances for their precious daughter Diahann.
To this end, Diahann was prohibited to play with neighborhood kids; her time was devoted to studying voice, dance, piano—all things her mother associated with “higher class” blacks. Mabel’s own mother, Rebecca, was a powerful, ambitious black woman as well; she sent Mabel to the next town for a better high school education (the first time that was ever done for a black girl in her North Carolina town). Diahann was always aware of being different; her mother’s insistence on perfect attire set her apart. Diahann continued singing lessons, was taken by her mother to shows, and was constantly scrutinized for propriety by her over-conscientious parents.
In her late teens, when Diahann’s nightclub singing started being noticed, critics hailed her as the second Lena Horne.
Diahann moved in with a maiden aunt to attend the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan. The next stop on the Diahann Carroll Success Express was first prize on a TV talent show, which led to an audition for Arthur Godfrey’s mega-popular radio show.
Diahann was singing in Latin Quarter nightclubs at 17; the showgirls mentored her in beauty, skincare and diet techniques. Her agent believed she was Broadway-bound, and urged her to continue to project innocence and delicacy.“Remember you’re a lady!
Soon, Hollywood beckoned her to audition for the lead in the all-black musical Carmen Jones.
And that led to Diahann’s Tony-winning role as a black fashion model in love with a white writer in 1961’s No Strings—a role created expressly for her by Richard Rodgers. She starred in more films and plays, continued her nightclub singing, and made frequent, always-glamorous appearances on lavish TV specials. Then came 1967 and NBC was looking for a pretty black actress to portray a young Vietnam widow, Julia. Despite great Nielsen ratings and an Emmy, Diahann dropped her Julia contract after 3 seasons, citing constant pressure and negative criticism from political groups and the media.
Amidst very public marriages, engagements and affairs, Diahann retained her ladylike demeanor and elegant style. More recent triumphs include starring as Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webbers’ Sunset Boulevard.
Diahann, a breast cancer survivor, is still going strong and is as elegant, refined and beautiful as ever.
She folded herself neatly into her seat and when asked, told me, very softly and with an averted face, that she was seeking sartorial help because she had just lost 60 pounds and wasn’t sure how to dress.

I waited for the rest of the class to disperse before gently observing that her taste seemed to run to classic clothes, and asked her—on a hunch—if she had other dirndl button-front skirts. Me: So, in your head, your family, none of whom are still alive, is making fun of you for being uppity and showing off. I could tell by the look on her face that she was on the right track now, and as intelligent as she was, she’d put it all together. It’s hard work, coming to grips with the fact that your family has been crushing your spirit and femininity in a probably loving attempt to protect you from harm or pain. But the truth can set you free. Silver Screen Secrets to Share!It's 1930-something and you've just arrived in Hollywood for your screen test--how exciting!
This blog will share some of The Golden Age of Hollywood's long-lost beauty, poise, and image secrets, so that YOU can present your most beautiful, poised and glamorous self to the dazzled world. In light of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin and the overwhelming national awareness around numerous issues surrounding this case, the NAACP has developed a set of policy principles called “Trayvon’s Law” which embody legislative responses that will greatly reduce the likelihood of another tragedy like the killing of Trayvon Martin. In addition, state advocates can include policies that aim to dismantle the school to prison pipeline – which are critical to keeping youth safe and in schools. From a€?famous Scientologists,a€? a€?Sex in the Citya€? co-stars, and even God, it seemed anyone and anything was fair game.
They are just puppets that mouth someone else's words and sadly a lot of what they do is just dull and boring or silly and stupid.
Bring him back next year and if you took offense then you need to turn a cheek and deal with it. It may have been inappropriate 10 years back, but lets face the truth, that threshold has changed and people's sensitivities have evolved and safe is now just BORING. Thanking a god for a entertainment award is the height of stupidity: a god helped a rich star, but couldn't stop the deaths of millions by starvation, war and draught? Downey had a big attitude, then ripped into a tasteless routine about "sleeping with his co-stars" that was worse than anything Ricky said.
First, I’m going to gush about Diahann Carroll, whom I have worshipped since I was a teenager.
Beauty and talent, it seemed, allowed racial barriers to be relaxed.” So it was with Diahann. In the 1940s, ambitious, social-climbing blacks like the Johnsons idolized sophisticated, soignee Harlem nightlife society. Mabel fussed over Diahann’s appearance, whether it was for an elementary school play or a Tiny Tots choir solo.
Grandmother Rebecca owned her own cotton and tobacco farm, rare for any woman in those days, much less a black woman. Both her mother and grandmother wanted her to “project a ‘better than’ quality.” Well, the young Diahann certainly did, from her meticulously cultivated Shirley Temple curls to her tailor-made frocks. While there, a friend sent her photo to Ebony magazine; Diahann was hired on as a model (to her own surprise, she arrived for the daytime interview in an evening gown).
But Godfrey told a racist joke while flirting with her mother and Diahann haughtily rebuked him, shocking both Arthur and her mother. She quelled bouts of stage fright by calling upon her mother’s training, saying “Here you go, Diahann Carroll,” as she took the stage in her spangled ballgown.
If it ain’t real, don’t wear it!” he said, and encouraged her to eschew skintight, blingy nightclub attire—and to always cross her legs quickly upon sitting. Defying her agent and her mother, Diahann experimented with slinky, padded gowns as she blossomed into an in-demand Manhattan chanteuse, reveling in her newfound sensuality. She didn’t appreciate the vulgar costumes or the way the dialogue reinforced stereotypes (“dees, dems, dats”—what Diahann deems sounding “down market”).
Diahann threw an alternate party across the street and invited everyone in the cast and crew.

He felt my image was too worldly and glamorous.” Diahann presented herself at the first reading in a simple wool dress and won Kanter over. This unfortunate garment was paired with a shapeless button-up shirt, which was covered by what seemed to be a men’s jacket. A few more delicate inquiries and I ascertained she was NOT part of a religious sect that doomed female followers to eternal frumpiness in order to protect hapless male disciples from fleshly torments.
After I told the newly (but still calmly) enthused Priscilla her best colors and most flattering shapes, I urged her to immediately discard every baggy horror she owned and hop it over to Talbot’s to try on some updated classics.
And while the jokes caused some tension in the room, most attendees said they thought he was a hit. Obviously, Robert Downey Junior won't be a candidate for a celebrity roast any time soon as he can dish it out, but can't take it. And then, many of those who took offense made their name and fortune playing characters who thumbed their noses at society, so why act uptight in public when doing so ruins their reputations as society's rebels? And the Harlem-born beauty points to her ambitious mother as the well-spring of much of her success. Appearance and attitude were crucial aspects to entering this exclusive group—culture and status were the keys to this kingdom. As you might expect, Rebecca encountered plenty of racism, but, Diahann admiringly reports, “She would not respond; she just stood her ground until her business was done.
Diahann avows, “All her life, both she and my father, dignified and upright as they were, had had to stoop and bow their heads when faced with racism. Graying hair cut in a lifeless pageboy, 1980’s goggle-sized glasses, sneakers, no makeup on her pale but glorious cheekbones, eyes like a newborn chick–she looked, as my father would have said, like something the cat dragged through the keyhole backwards. So if someone gives them a kick in the rear they should show us they can be good sports and laugh and say the 19.00 you pay for coming to se me do junk is really worth it because I am going to let this guy skewer me for a laugh.
Robert Downey should have laughed at the reference to his run-ins with the law; probably made him a bettr actor for it! Of course many of these stars havent been rebels for decades; they are now the status-qua they used to thumb their noses at. It’s all about familial and social pressure—pressure that can forge diamonds or crush to powder. It was always her goal to make me look as clean and pretty as possible….She was of the generation that had just come North from the South. It was difficult to watch, but impressive…Studied composure helped her get along in the world.” (Do you notice Diahann has chosen the word “studied” twice now? Apple can't be Apple without him.a€? Exxtraz said, a€?Hope he gets better soon, but I am sure Apple can function just fine.a€? ecibu33 replied, a€?Function yes, but thrive? What a beautiful thing life is!a€? Outland said, a€?I sure hope someone wrote down her experiences and life history.
Wow.a€? karbvi said, a€?Why didna€™t CNN simply state a€?113 old American dies?a€™ Who cares if they are black, white or yellow? I'm an American.a€? But Racheyray replied, a€?The history she personally experienced in 113 years as a black American woman certainly makes her race worth mentioning.

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