The Legs are the Last to Go: Aging, Acting, Marrying, Mothering and Other Things I Learned Along the Way

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At age 70 singer-actress Carroll a Golden Globe and Tony Award winner was described in aWWWW 2006 rave review by Stephen Holden in the New York Times as delivering a song like an emotional volcano and the label works equally well for this radiant autobiography bubbling over with sincere self-insights as well as a potent underlying theme of the immense cruelties and racial politics of showbiz. Revealing personal struggles with her mother and men (she details her marriage to singer Vic Damone) she pulls no punches in detailing conflicts with such major figures as Andrew Lloyd Webber Pearl Bailey and Samuel Goldwyn. Beginning with her Harlem childhood she traces her life from the High School of Music and Art modeling and early club performances to theatrical triumphs (No Strings Sunset Boulevard) TV (Julia Dynasty) her grandchildren and plastic surgery plus painful memories of racism. An outstanding chapter probes the art-directed Negro squalor and other demeaning aspects of the 1959 film Porgy and Bess a clich

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It's conventional wisdom that Hollywood prejudices women over 40 - but luckily, Caroll's winning, and sometimes controversial career that has breached racial barriers - is anything but conventional. Her carear includes a role on Grey's Anatomy that was specifically created for her, the critically acclaimed production The Life & Times of Diahann Caroll, which is touring the US and her groundbreaking titles role in Julia, where she was the first black actress to star in her own TV show. With wisdom and grace, she talks frankly about her marriages, life and sacrifices.

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