Jeff Smith 6:35 p.m., June 27
Diahann Carroll in town to pick up Lifetime Achievement Award at SD Black Film Festival
The legendary and eternally graceful Diahann Carroll will be at the San Diego Black Film Festival tomorrow night to accept the Millennium Award for Lifetime Achievement in Television and Motion Pictures.
In a career that spans almost six decades, Diahann Carroll has graced every facet of showbiz there is. Ms. Carroll had roles in a pair of groundbreaking major studio films (Otto Preminger's Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess) that were among the first to showcase black performers in major roles.
She took home the 1962 Tony Award for Best Actress in No Strings. Those who grew up watching television in the '60's remember Ms. Carroll as Julia, the widowed single mother in the successful NBC series of the same name. It was one of the first television shows to feature an African-American woman in a non-subservient role.
Ms. Carroll will be at the festival’s Awards Dinner & Gala, February 2, 7pm at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego. Tickets for the gala run from $125 to $200. Click for more information.
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