Remembering Diahann Carroll
SCOTT SIMON, HOST:
Diahann Carroll broke barriers.
(SOUNDBITE OF SNARKY PUPPY'S "TIO MACACO")
SIMON: She was Julia, the widowed nurse with an adorable young son in a 1968 sitcom that was earnest, cheery and popular but, some critics contended, unrealistic about black life in America. So a generation later, she campaigned to play Dominique Deveraux on the prime-time soap opera, "Dynasty." I want to be wealthy and ruthless, she told People magazine in 1984.
Diahann Carroll grew up singing in church in Harlem, went to the High School of Music and Art, modeled, sang in nightclubs and lit up Broadway. She recollected in her 2008 memoir, "The Legs Are The Last To Go," for each and every performance, I was always on time, always prepared and always, always coiffed and dressed. This weekend, you might listen to Diahann Carroll in Richard Rodgers' 1962 musical "No Strings." She played an American fashion model living in Paris, a figure of glamour who wasn't fooled by it.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE SWEETEST SOUNDS")
DIAHANN CARROLL: (Singing) The sweetest sounds I'll ever hear are still inside my head. The kindest words I'll ever know are waiting to be said. The most entrancing sight of all is yet for me to see.
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