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The Legs Are the Last to Go: Aging, Acting, Marrying, and Other Things I Learned the Hard Way Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 30, 2008
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Her latest book, The Legs Are The Last To Go, is informative but even more interesting as it comes from a woman who now seems comfortable enough in her own skin to speak her mind about her 50 year career. In this book, Miss Carroll is more frank in telling her story . Her demeanor is also looser. After reading the first book, I didn't expect her to be such a funny storyteller but I found myself laughing out loud at her recollections of working with Pearl Bailey as well as a fleeting encounter with a certain music superstar of the 70s.
Her recollections and updates on her relationships with her daughter and former husband Vic Damone are candid but not exploitative. Instead they reveal her emotional growth. Many readers will relate to the stories about her aging parents who she comes to recognize as flawed but good people. Even as a veteran actress, Carroll isn't totally jaded about the entertainment business. You can feel her excitement and appreciation when she writes about meeting and working with Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Grey's Anatomy.
I strongly recommend this book. Hopefully, Miss Carroll will have more stories.
So, it was with great interest when I heard Diahann was releasing a follow-up to her first book called "The Legs Are The Last To Go...". Informative, juicy, and very revealing Diahann writes about events in her life that were written in her first book, but is more forthcoming in those details. She discusses her marriages and relationships to the full extent, writing how one man beat her constantly while she was doing TV's "Julia". She writes about her marriage to Vic Damone, her career highs and lows in music, television, and the stage detailing the racism she felt when she first entered the industry. Being the first African/American female to star in her own network series in the 1960's ("Julia), Diahann struggled to make the sitcom entertaining and educational while battling with producers and network executives to keep the show at its best level of excellence. She writes about her few years on "Dynasty" in the eighties when she wanted to be the first black bitch on primetime, but was disappointed in her lack of story as the writers were not interested in writing for her character, so Dominique quietly disappeared in 1987.
Diahann also starred as Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard" on the stage and she is not shy in writing about her battles with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.Read more ›
I'm shocked by the assumptions and generalizations in some of the reviews
for this book.
When I saw Robin Roberts interviewing Diahann Carroll about this book, I said, "I gotta get that book. I want to know what Diahann Carroll's thoughts were, and the challenges, as well as triumps she went through."
This book is wonderful, because from cover to cover, she takes readers on a journey, with strength, humility and humor. You can almost hear her voice.
Often, there's not only thoughts that she expresses about her experiences. There's also thoughts that seem to come from her mind (follow up thoughts).
And even though she's rooting for a different presidential candidate than who I would think she would root for, I'm happy to say that I can put that aside, and focus upon the dialogues that she has created in this great book.
This book is a welcome conversation, replete with lessons for everyone, and in particular those who aspire to go well beyond now, in their life's journey - just because we all deserve to endlessly grow, with balance in our lives.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These two books written by Diahann Carroll, whom I saw back in 1995 with her then-husband, Vic Damone, are well written, extremely entertaining and give a back-stage view of what... Read morePublished 3 months ago by dhb
Enjoyed this story, and it inspired me to continue looking forward as you never know what life has to offer.Published 5 months ago by Keisha A. Kidan
Was an enjoyable read, Ms D is fabulous. Would recommend to anyone who like to read about entertainers especially old school ones.Published 6 months ago by BDM
A bit over the top "diva" rather than informative. It became predictably self congratulatory and boring.Published 11 months ago by SydneyLou
Simply love Diahann Carroll. Sometimes blunt, continually witty and without doubt... a class act. Lots to learn here, ladies.Published 11 months ago by Elfrida
This beautiful lady is bitter about her life. you can hear it in her story. she is lovely in looks but not in her outlook. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Joan Ohlendorf