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Author: Diahann Carroll Narrator: Diahann Carroll Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9780061706141
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The actress who broke through television’s color bar, entertainment legend Diahann Carroll tells all in her candid memoir The Legs Are the Last to Go. The first black woman to star in her own TV series—NBC’s Julia—Carroll displays all the grace, wit, style, and honesty that carried her to the top as she reveals intimate details about her career, her life, and her loves, including her marriage to Vic Damone and her torrid relationship with Sidney Poitier. The Legs Are the Last to Go is an unforgettable self-portrait and revealing Hollywood memoir at its finest.

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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 2009 Audie Award Finalist
  • Audio Publisher’s Association “Audie” Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller

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About the Author

Diahann Carroll is a legendary singer; theatrical, television, and film actress; Tony and Golden Globe Award winner; and Emmy, Oscar, and Grammy nominee. A veteran of the entertainment industry whose pioneering career has inspired many, Diahann made her Broadway stage debut starring in Harold Arlen and Truman Capote's House of Flowers. After seeing her in this production, Richard Rodgers created as a starring vehicle for Carroll the Broadway production No Strings, for which she won the Tony Award. Her recent theatrical appearances have also garnered acclaim, including her role as the "ultimate" Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. Widely known as a pioneer, in 1968 she became the first black actress in television history to star in her own series, Julia, for NBC, which soared to the top of the Nielsen ratings and received an Emmy nomination. Other notable roles include the title role in Claudine, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, and Dominique Deveraux in the wildly popular television series Dynasty. She has worked with legends such as Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Judy Garland, Michael Caine, Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Frank Sinatra. In no apparent rush to settle down, Carroll most recently appeared on ABC's Grey's Anatomy, for which she was nominated for an Emmy, and in a cabaret show that is currently touring the country, The Life and Times of Diahann Carroll.