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It’s conventional wisdom that Hollywood has no use for a woman over forty. So it’s a good thing that Diahann Carroll—whose winning, sometimes controversial career breached racial barriers—is anything but conventional.

With wisdom that only aging gracefully can bestow, she talks frankly about her four marriages and the other significant relationships in her life, including her courtship with Sidney Poitier; racial politics in Hollywood and on Broadway; and the personal cost, particularly to her family, of being a pioneer. 

Carroll’s storied history, blunt views, and notorious wit will be sure to entertain and inform.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This true American treasure shares her life’s story to date with the wit, incisive discernment, and charm of a relaxed storyteller. I laughed at the stunning descriptions of countless escapades filled with fun and admired her strong work ethic and her brilliant way of relating it all. A wondrous, exceptional life in front of and away from the public’s ever curious eye.”

    Jessye Norman

  • “Bruised but feisty.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Enjoyable…Backstage dish about a long and successful career, from a celeb with a handle on her foibles as well as her successes.”

    Providence Journal-Bulletin

  • “[A] radiant autobiography, bubbling over with sincere self-insights as well as a potent underlying theme of the ‘immense cruelties’ and racial politics of showbiz…An astute analysis of her career.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Carroll has a crisp and crystal clear voice and speaks with intense passion as she reads her introspective memoir, producing a deeply affecting look at Hollywood stardom, its trapping and its effects on relationships. Carroll’s tone is serious, but she never fails to poke fun at herself for her vanity and past mistakes, which make her all the more fascinating.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “With the kind of verve and energy for which she’s well known, Caroll recounts life in the later stages of a long career…Carroll is candid about the trials and tribulations—as well as the joys and triumphs—in her public and private life…A heartfelt appreciation of life, friends, and family.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2009 Audie Award Finalist
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