Feature Films:
Eve's Bayou
Elzora
(1997)
Available on DVD
The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The big Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive women patients. One day Louis is flirting with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not knowing that he is observed by his youngest idealistic daughter Eve, who is there by accident. Eve can not forget the incident which is traumatic for her naiveté and shares a secret with older sister Cisely. Lies start to roll ...
The Five Heartbeats
Eleanor Potter
(1991)
Released on DVD from 20th Century Fox on 1/22/02
In the early 1960's, a quintet of hopeful young African American men form an amateur vocal group called The Five Heartbeats. After an initially rocky start, the group improve, turn pro, and rise to become a top flight music sensation. Along the way however, the guys learn many hard lessons about the reality of the music industry with it's casual racism and greed while the personal weaknesses of the members threaten to destroy the integrity of the band.
Claudine
Claudine
(1974)
Released on DVD from 20th Century Fox on 1/14/03
Claudine tries to provide for her six children in Harlem while on welfare. She has a romance with Roop, a cheerful garbage man she meets while working on the side as a maid.
The Split
Ellie Kennedy
(1968)
Thieves fall out when over a half million dollars goes missing after the daring and carefully planned robbery of the Los Angeles Coliseum during a football game, each one accusing the other of having the money.
Hurry Sundown
Vivian Thurlow
(1967)


Set in the south in the days just after World War II, a black and a white farmer team up to irrigate their fields and escape the crushing poverty that their families live under. This will cause problems for the plans of a rich landowner who will try using family, law, and even his retarded son in order to stop them.
Paris Blues
Connie Lampson
(1961)
Goodbye Again
Night Club Singer
(1961)
In this adaptation of Francoise Sagan's best selling novel, Paula is a beautiful, 40-year old, highly successful businesswoman. She is deeply in love with Roger, her mature consort of five years. Roger is a very charming "gallant" who loves Paula but is too selfish to give up his freedom to be promiscuous. When Paula meets Phillip, the 24-year old, immature, lawyer son of one of her rich clients, he falls hopelessly in love with the glamorous, sympathetic older woman and insists that the age difference will be no barrier to a romance. Paula resists the young man's persistent advances, but finally succumbs when Roger initiates yet another affair with one of his young "Maisies." An affair begins, and society does not approve.
Porgy and Bess
Clara
(1959)
Available on DVD
In this legendary Gershwin opera set among the black residents of a fishing village in 1912 South Carolina, Bess - a woman with a disreputable history - tries to break free from her brutish lover Crown after he becomes wanted for murder. The only person willing to overlook her past and offer her shelter is the crippled Porgy. Their relationship is threatened by the disapproval of the townspeople, the presence of her old drug supplier Sportin' Life - and the threatened return of Crown.
Carmen Jones
Myrt
(1954)
Available on DVD
At an all-black army camp, civilian parachute maker and "hot bundle" Carmen Jones is desired by many of the men. Naturally, she wants Joe, who's engaged to sweet Cindy Lou and about to go into pilot training for the Korean War. Going after him, she succeeds only in getting him into the stockade. While she awaits his release, trouble approaches for both of them. Songs from the Bizet opera with modernized lyrics.
 

 

Television Series:
The Court Justice Angela DeSett
(2002)
Dynasty
Released on DVD from CBS Paramount as part of Dynasty - The 4th Season Volume 2 on 2/2/10
 
Dominique Deveraux Lloyd
(1984 - 1987)
The Diahann Carroll Show (1976)
Julia Julia Baker
(1968 - 1971)

 

 

Television Mini-Series:
From The Dead Of Night
Maggie
(1989)
Available on DVD
After having a near death experience Joanna finds her life in constant danger. She begins to believe that certain forces are trying to bring her back into the world of the dead. Her boyfriend Glen thinks she's crazy so Joanna turns to her ex-boyfriend, Peter. It just so happens that Peter is a strong believer in the supernatural and even teaches a course on it at a local college. Together they must confront the "walkers" so that Joanna can live to see another day.
Roots: The Next Generations
Zeona - Mrs. Simon Haley
(1979) . 
This series continues the story of Alex Haley's family line from the Post American Civil War era to Alex Haley's genealogical search to discover his roots.

 

Television Movies:
Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story
(2000) (TV)
Maria Cole
aka The Natalie Cole Story (USA: short title)
From her father's spirit came the strength to overcome and the will to love again.
Sally Hemings: An American Scandal 
(2000)
Betty Hemings
An interpretation of the historical relationship between President Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings, this work argues that the two had a long-term affair (and children) and that the relationship was, in some degree, based on love.
The Courage to Love 
(2000)
Pouponne
Released on DVD from Universal Studios 11/30/04
In a world of tradition, they dared to break the rules.
Having Our Say: 
The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years 
(1999)
Sadie Delany
aka Having Our Say (USA: short title)
Tells the story of Sadie and Bessie Delany, two African-American (they preferred "colored") sisters who both lived past the age of 100. They grew up on a North Carolina college campus, the daughters of the first African-American Episcopal bishop, who was born a slave, and a woman with an inter-racial background. With the support of each other and their family, they survived encounters with racism and sexism in their own different ways. Sadie quietly and sweetly broke barriers to become the first African-American home-ec teacher in New York City, while Bessie, with her own brand of outspokenness, became the second African-American dentist in New York City. At the ages of 103 and 101, they told their story to Amy Hill Hearth, a white New York Times reporter who published an article about them. The overwhelming response launched a bestselling book, a Broadway play, and this film.
The Sweetest Gift 
(1998)
Mrs. Wilson
Two neighboring families in Florida, one black (headed by Diahann Carroll) and one white (headed by Helen Shaver), struggle with the problems of race, poverty, prejudice, and absent fathers, as their children become friends over the course of one summer and fall.
A Perry Mason Mystery: 
The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle 

(1994)
Lydia Bishop
When Perry is unable to deliver a speech at a conference he calls Bill McKenzie to offer him a hotel etc in exchange for delivering the work. Also at the hotel is filming for the newest episode of `lifestyles of the rich and famous' hosted by Adrian Lye. One of Lye's guests, and Bill's friend, Daniel Kingman (a famous chess player) is at the hotel and is being blackmailed by Lye. When he goes to Lye's room a fight ensues after which Lye is found poisoned to death. Bill defends Kingman while Ken Malansky goes after the `waiter' seen delivering the poisoned drink to Lye's suite, assuming the drink was poisoned before delivery and not by Kingman.
Sunday in Paris 
(1991)
Vernetta Chase
Murder in Black and White 
(1990)
Margo Stover
A recently appointed black police commissioner is killed. So, Frank Janek is assigned to investigate.
Sister, Sister 
(1982)
Carolyne Lovejoy
Maya Angelou's story of the family stresses that occur when an older sister (Diahann Carroll) attempts to maintain a home, left by her revered father, in an ultra-moralistic way (regardless of the fact that she is secretly having an affair with the married preacher). Nevertheless, her uptight need to maintain a sense of propriety of course goes against the wishes of her much younger sister (Irene Cara) who, as an accomplished ice skater, is striving for her own independence. And if this isn't enough, into it is suddenly thrust a third sister (Rosalind Cash), who is a single mother with a pre-teen son, who "comes home" with her boy after living for years in the ghettos of Detroit. And because she is the complete antithesis of her older sister in morals and deportment, she immediately sides with her younger sister against the strictures set down in the home.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 
(1979)
Vivian
A true story based on the early life of actress, professor and author Maya Angelou. The story traces her life from when she moves in with her mother to the trauma of being raped as a little girl by one of her mother's boyfriends and the several years of silence that came after the attack.
Death Scream 
(1975)
Betty May
... aka Streetkill
... aka The Woman Who Cried Murder
A young woman is murdered in an alley. The crime is heard or seen by the residents of a nearby apartment building, but none of them did anything to help and they refuse to cooperate with the police during the investigation.
The Man in the Moon 
(1960)

 

Television Guest Appearances:
Soul Food
(released on home video from Paramount Home Video on July 8, 2008 as part of the Soul Food The Final Season)
In the Garden (2004)  .... Aunt Ruthie
Truth's Consequences (2003) .... Aunt Ruthie
Whoopi Mother's Little Helper (2003)  .... Viveca Rae
Strong Medicine Love and Let Die (2003)
Half & Half The Big Thanks for Forgiving Episode (2002)  .... Grandma Ruth Thorne
Twice In a Lifetime O'er the Ramparts We Watched (1999) .... Jael
Double Exposure (1999) .... Jael
Touched by an Angel The Driver (1995) .... Grace Willis
Lonesome Dove: The Series Ties That Bind (1995) .... Ida Grayson
Down Come Rain: Part 2 (1994) .... Ida Grayson
Long Shot (1994) TV .... Ida Grayson
O Western Wind: Part 1 (1994) .... Ida Grayson
When Wilt Thou Blow: Part 3 (1994) .... Ida Grayson
Evening Shade The Perfect Woman (1994)
Burke's Law Who Killed the Beauty Queen? (1994) 
The Sinbad Show
... aka Sinbad (UK)
My Daughter's Keeper (1993)  .... Mrs. Winters
A Different World When One Door Closes...: Part 2 (1993)  .... Marion Gilbert
Faith, Hope, and Charity: Part 1 (1992)  .... Marion Gilbert
Faith, Hope, and Charity: Part 2 (1992)  .... Marion Gilbert
Save the Best for Last: Part 2 (1992)  .... Marion Gilbert
Do You Take This Woman? (1991) .... Marion Gilbert
The Colbys
... aka Dynasty II: The Colbys (original title (first four episodes title))
Jason's Choice (1986) .... Dominique Deveraux
No Exit (1986) .... Dominique Deverauxe Deveraux
The Wedding (1986)  .... Dominique Deveraux
The Outcast (1986) .... Dominique Deveraux
The Pact (1986) .... Dominique Deveraux
The Love Boat
(available on DVD as part of the The Love Boat: Season One, Volume One released CBS/Paramount)
Help, Murder/Isaac the Groupie/Mr. Popularity (1977) .... Roxy Blue
The Eleventh Hour And God Created Vanity (1963) .... Stella Young
Naked City  A Horse Has a Big Head -- Let Him Worry! (1962)  .... Ruby Jay
Peter Gunn Sing a Song of Murder (1960) .... Dina Wright

 

Television Appearances:


Jirimpimbira: An African Folk Tale
(1995) .... Narrator
... aka Weekend Special: Jirimpimbira - An African Folk Tale (USA: series title)

The 'Star Wars' Holiday Special (1978) (TV) .... Mermeia Holographic Wow
Available on DVD

America Salutes Richard Rodgers: The Sound of His Music (1976) (TV)

This Is Tom Jones
    - Episode #3.2 (1970)
    - Episode #2.2 (1969)
Available on DVD as part of This is Tom Jones Vol. 2

The Milton Berle Show
    - Episode dated 18 November 1966 (1966)

The Jack Paar Tonight Show
... aka The Jack Paar Show (USA: new title)
    - Episode dated 14 October 1957 (1957)

That's What I'm Talking About .... Herself
    - Greats, Dates, and Debates (2006) 

TV Land Confidential
    - Changing Times and Trends (2005) .... Herself
    - When Real Life and Screen Life Collide (2005) .... Herself

Inside TV Land: Tickled Pink (2005) (TV) .... Herself

Tavis Smiley
    - Episode dated 6 April 2005 (2005) .... Herself

36th NAACP Image Awards (2005) (TV) .... Herself/Presenter

Hollywood Squares
... aka H˛ (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka H2: Hollywood Squares (USA: fifth season title)
    - Episode dated 9 February 2004 (2004) .... Herself

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (2003) (TV) .... Herself
... aka 1st Annual TV Land Awards (USA: short title)

34th NAACP Image Awards (2003) (TV) .... Herself

Inside TV Land: Style and Fashion (2003) (TV) .... Herself

Inside TV Land: Taboo TV (2002) (TV) .... Herself

NBC 75th Anniversary Special (2002) (TV) .... Herself
... aka NBC 75th Anniversary Celebration (USA)

Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television (2002) (TV) .... Herself

The E! True Hollywood Story
    - Dynasty (2001)  .... Herself
    - Sammy Davis Jr. (2001) .... Herself

Intimate Portrait: Holly Robinson Peete (2000) (TV) .... Narrator

Jackie's Back! (1999) (TV) .... Herself
... aka Jackie's Back: Portrait of a Diva (USA)

Celebrity Profile
    - Diahann Carroll (????)  .... Herself

Ellen
    - Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute: Part 2 (1998) .... Herself

The Rosie O'Donnell Show
    - Episode dated 10 April 1998 (1998) .... Herself

Motown 40: The Music Is Forever (1998) (TV) .... Herself

Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood (1998) (TV) .... Herself

Intimate Portrait: Diahann Carroll (1998) (TV) .... Herself

Porgy and Bess: An American Voice (1998) (TV) .... Herself

25th NAACP Image Awards (1993) (TV) .... Herself

Color Adjustment (1991) .... Herself
... aka Color Adjustment: Blacks in Prime Time (USA: festival title)

Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration (1990) (TV) .... Herself

The 11th Annual Black Achievement Awards (1990) (TV) .... Herself

The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1987) (TV) .... Herself

Disneyland
... aka Disney's Wonderful World (USA: new title)
... aka The Disney Sunday Movie (USA: new title)
... aka The Magical World of Disney (USA: new title)
... aka The Wonderful World of Disney (USA: new title)
... aka Walt Disney (USA: new title)
... aka Walt Disney Presents (USA: new title)
... aka Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (USA: new title)
    - Walt Disney World's 15th Anniversary Celebration (1986) .... Herself

Webster
    - Strike Up the Band (1985) .... Herself

Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz (1985) (TV) .... Herself

Lou Rawls Parade of Stars (1984) TV Series .... Herself

Night of 100 Stars (1982) (TV) .... Herself

The 35th Annual Tony Awards (1981) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter

Rockette: A Holiday Tribute to Radio City Music Hall (1978) (TV) .... Herself

The Television Critics Circle Awards (1977) (TV) .... Herself

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
... aka The Best of Carson (USA: rerun title)
    - Episode dated 24 September 1976 (1976)  .... Herself
    - Episode dated 2 January 1975 (1975) .... Herself

The 47th Annual Academy Awards (1975) (TV) .... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Co-Presenter: Score Awards

The 45th Annual Academy Awards (1973) (TV) .... Herself - Performer

Get Happy (1973) (TV) .... Herself

The Julie Andrews Hour
    - Episode dated 25 October 1972 (1972) .... Herself

The Flip Wilson Show
    - Episode #2.9 (1971)  .... Herself
    - Episode #1.23 (1971) .... Herself

The Hollywood Palace
    - Episode #7.10 (1969) .... Herself - Singer
    - Episode #7.7 (1969) .... Herself - Host/Singer
    - Episode #6.4 (1968) .... Herself - Host/Singer
    - Episode #5.23 (1968) .... Herself - Singer
    - Episode #4.16 (1967) .... Herself - Singer

The 23rd Annual Tony Awards (1969) (TV) .... Herself - Co-host

The 41st Annual Academy Awards (1969) (TV) .... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Special Visual Effects, Documentary Awards & Honorary Award to Onna White

Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing (1968) (TV) .... Herself

Toast of the Town
... aka The Ed Sullivan Show (new title)
    - Episode #21.35 (1968)  .... Singer
    - Episode #20.41 (1967) .... Herself - Singer
    - Episode #20.15 (1966)  .... Herself - Singer
    - Episode #19.30 (1966)  .... Herself - Singer
    - Episode #16.6 (1962)  .... Singer

The 22nd Annual Tony Awards (1968) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter

The 40th Annual Academy Awards (1968) (TV) .... Herself - Co-Presenter: Short Subject, Cartoon & Live Action

The Merv Griffin Show
    - Episode dated 9 February 1968 (1968) .... Herself
    - Episode dated 18 February 1963 (1963)  .... Herself

The Jackie Gleason Show
... aka The Honeymooners (USA: rerun title)
    - Episode #2.18 (1968) .... Herself - Musical Guest

The 39th Annual Academy Awards (1967) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter: Best Sound Effects

ABC Stage 67
    - C'est La Vie (1967)  .... Herself

The Dean Martin Show
... aka The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (new title)
    - Episode dated 17 November 1966 (1966) .... Herself
    - Episode dated 16 September 1965 (1965) .... Herself

The Bell Telephone Hour
    - Gershwin, a Portrait (1966) .... Herself
    - Episode dated 21 April 1964 (1964) .... Herself

The Judy Garland Show
    - Episode #1.21 (1964) .... Herself

Password
... aka Password All-Stars (USA: new title)
    - Diahann Carroll vs. E. G. Marshall (1963) .... Herself

What's My Line?
    - Episode dated 20 May 1962 (1962) .... Mystery Guest

The Jack Paar Tonight Show
... aka The Jack Paar Show (USA: new title)
    - Episode dated 21 February 1958 (1958) .... Herself
    - Episode dated 20 February 1958 (1958) .... Herself
    - Episode dated 19 February 1958 (1958) .... Herself

The DuPont Show of the Month
    - Crescendo (1957) .... Herself

 


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