Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Classic BG: Diahann Carroll
Diahann Carroll is a classic BG who never seems to get acknowledged as much as she should. Her career helped pave the way for all of the African-American actresses who have made it and who are still struggling to make it in Hollywood today.
Her role as a widowed nurse on Julia, back in the late 1960s was one of the first African-American characters on a weekly TV series that didn't depict a stereotype. She also played the infamous Dominique Deveraux on the legendary show, Dynasty for several years.
Since those popular shows were before my time, I had the opportunity to watch her on my all-time favorite TV show, A Different World as, Marion, Whitley Gilbert's undeniably bourgeois mother. She later made a few guest appearances as, Aunt Ruth, the Joseph sisters'nosy aunt on my other beloved show, Soul Food (the Showtime series). I'm sure you Grey's Anatomy fans have seen her on that hit show, as well as many others.
So today I give Ms. Carroll praise for being a pioneer in bringing positive portrayals of African-American women to television!
Here are a few facts about her:
Her birthname is Carol Diahann Johnson
She was born on July 17, 1935
She's an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Is one of only 7 African-American actresses to receive the Best Actress Oscar nomination. The others in chronological order are: Dorothy Dandridge, Diana Ross, Cicely Tyson, Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett and Halle Berry.