Saturday, October 5, 2019

Quips and Quotations (R.S.V.P. Edition)

1935-2019

If you're not invited to the party, throw your own.

--Diahann Carroll





16 comments:

  1. Hi, Kirk!

    I think Santa Claus is purple and leaning blue.

    Thanks for remembering the beautiful Diahann Carroll. I watched her Julia series regularly, but I didn't see Claudine and didn't watch Dynasty, The Colbys or The Diahann Carroll Show. I remember Diahann's guest appearances on Jack Paar, Ed Sullivan, Garry Moore, Danny Kaye, Hollywood Palace, Dean Martin, Mike Douglas, Dick Cavett and Hollywood Squares.

    Thanks again for paying tribute to this lovely lady who made history starring in the first American TV series with the main character, a black woman, in a non-stereotypical role.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend, good buddy Kirk!

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    1. Shady, on an episode of All in the Family, Archie Bunker and Geor--excuse me, Henry, Jefferson also argued about the color of Santa's skin, but Julia was on the air before AITF, so I have to believe that show's argument came first.

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  2. And one cant forget her quips with Alexis Carrington colby Fexter Rowan.

    Dominque- this champagne is burned. It was obviously frozen in the bottle at some point.

    Alexis- Well, perhaps you'll find the caviar to your liking.

    Dominque- I would know. That's Ostertava, I prefer only Petorassian Beluga.

    Alexis- Who the Heller you?

    Dominque- Who am I? You'll find out soon enough...gathering her things... you said this evening would not be social, but whatever it was I enjoyed myself immensely.

    Alexis- GOODNIGHT Ms.Deuxeraux

    Dominque- Ciao....for now.

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    1. I don't know, Maddie. Diahann's character came on strong at first, but as the season wore on, she just kind of faded away. That show only had room for one bitch, and that was Joan Collin's Alexis (or, according to the tabloids, Joan Collins herself.)

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    1. Adam, her principle claim to fame was that she played the title character in the late 1960s-early '70s situation comedy Julia, the first time a black actress had played a non-stereotyped lead--a nurse-- on a TV sitcom (the first black actress to play a STEREOTYPED lead--a maid--in a TV sitcom was Ethel Waters in Beulah in 1950.) But Diahann's career was much more than that. She appeared in of the few 1950s movies with all-black casts, most notable, Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess. On Broadway, she was the first black actress to win a Tony in the Richard Rodgers musical No Strings (the only one in which Rodgers wrote both the music and the lyrics--I've never seen it but that fact's made me want to give it a look.) And, as Maddie pointed out, she played Blake Carrington's mixed-race, half-black sister on Dynasty.

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    1. Mitchell, I would like to have given her a full-fledged obituary--you know, with the "In Memoriam" headline, but something came up this weekend that kept me away from the computer, so I cobbled this together instead.

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  5. I remember watching "Julia" as a kid and enjoying it. RIP Diahann Carroll.

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    1. Debra, I watched it as a kid, too (the lack of a laugh track confused me at that young age--was this a drama I was watching?) then again as an adult when it popped up on cable. I found it funnier the second time around (though Diahann merely played straight man to son Corey played by Marc Copage and boss Dr.Chegley played by Lloyd Nolan.) and intelligently written, even if it did kind of gloss over some of the harsher realities of race relations.

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  10. I loved her in Dynasty. I regret not seeing her in other shows.

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    1. From reading various obits of her online, Belle, I guess she's as well known now for Dynasty as she once was for Julia.

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