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Legs Are the Last to Go

By: Diahann Carroll
Narrated by: Diahann Carroll
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Publisher's Summary

It's conventional wisdom that Hollywood has no use for a woman over 40. So it's a good thing that Diahann Carroll, with her winning career, is anything but conventional.  

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

From a recent, Emmy-nominated role on Grey's Anatomy to appearances on Oprah, Diahann Carroll's legendary stage, film, and television career has spanned more than five decades.

Her title role on Julia beginning in 1968 established Carroll as the first African-American actress to star in her own television series. The role garnered her both an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe win to go along with the 1962 Best Actress Tony Award she won for her role in No Strings (also a first for a Black woman). Diahann also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in Claudine.

In the 1980s, Diahann joined the glitzy night-time soap opera Dynasty as the jet-setter Dominique Deveraux.

Carroll's career continued strong in the 1990s with appearances in films such as The Five Heartbeats; she also starred as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.

As a breast cancer survivor and activist, Carroll invited a camera crew into her treatment room for a national broadcast special to draw attention to the cause.

Ever the consummate performer, her cabaret show at Feinstein's traveled nationwide to sold-out audiences. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2008 Diahann Carroll (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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Magnificent

Diahann Caroll is the epitome of grace and elegance. This book just confirms the image of her I've always had...she is a class act.

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Mixed up mess

What disappointed you about Legs Are the Last to Go?

In the beginning of her book she talks about how she fell down some stairs. What she forgot to say was that she must have been carrying the final draft of this book with her to take to the printers office, and in fall, the chapters were disarrayed and never put back in order. That is the only reason I can see why this book is just a mass of stories that don't always have a start or sometimes a finish.

It has no flow. It is just a bunch of stories that have no structure. She jumps from one story and subject to another, sometimes in the middle of a story, so you forget what the point of her story was or who she was talking about. One minute she is talking about the death of someone and then she is talking about a dinner she had with them. You sit there and think "I thought they died three chapters back?" She also seems to really think she is the greatest talent out there. No humility in her at all.

She also never really concludes a story she is telling. For instance She talks about her run-in with Andrew Lloyd Webber and how she walked out of her audition for Sunset Blvd. She felt he was a racist. Later she talks about playing the part but you never find out how she got the part in Sunset Blvd if she walked out on him after telling him off. Things like that make this book a mess.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something better!

What about Diahann Carroll’s performance did you like?

Love her voice, she sounds like a very classy woman and I am sure she is. Her voice is like butter. I say that is a good way.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Some of the stories are funny but that is about it.

Any additional comments?

I was sad when she stood up for her co-star in the TV show Gray's Anatomy after he called another actor a homophobic slur. She said she felt the actor should have just gotten over it. And that no one should have been fired from the show. Yet earlier in her book, she talks about how she had a band leader fired for calling her the "N" word. You cannot have it both ways Ms. Carroll.

Furthermore, she got her info wrong. The homophobic actor never apologized for saying the word Fa**t! In fact, he said the word again on an award show where he denied ever calling his costar on the show a F*g. That was the real reason he was fired.

She talks about how everyone needs to loosen up about words and name calling, yet further in her book she again is outraged someone uses the "N" word to her. Both words are disgusting and it's sad she seems to feel it is OK for one word used to put someone down but not the other.

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Phenomenal or Delightful

I was throughly impressed by this work of art. However, I expected nothing less that from such a keen, intelligent, and wise beauty! Her ability to tell a story from decade to decade and still capture your attention was everything. I lived her transparency and her ability to make the audience feel as though you were there conversing with her. I recommend everyone to read/listen to this book whether you were a fan or not. But who am I kidding, you either love her or hate her because you want to be her!

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Loved it All!!

It was a ride through her life! She was brutally honest about her challenges, and her voice brought so much life to her adventures that it felt like an experience for the listener as well! A Great listen!!!

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Candid, Revealing, and Fun

Diahann Carroll is in fine form and shares some of the most intimate moments and lessons learned from a rich life.

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totally a great trip into her!

Makes me want to do Better! in my own life I had with my mommy!

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How wonderful.


Her honesty and transparency were amazing. She delivered wisdom and experience without taking herself so seriously.
I laughed A LOT!

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A Legend

What an outstanding biography on the life of legend Diahann Carroll. You get to understand her class and talent at a young age growing up in my hometown if Harlem, New York. Her struggles and triumphs to succeed in the world of entertainment, is all explained in such awesome detail by the author. A great read.

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Recommended by the late Cicely Tyson

After reading “Just As I Am.” I made a list of books that Ms. Tyson suggested reading, and this was one. I have loved Ms. Carroll since her Dynasty days. I will now make it my business to remind my girl cousins I'm close with to get our yearly mammograms.

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Review for "Legs Are the Last to Go"

I ALWAYS loved Diahann Carroll as a little girl watching Julie. She inspired me to also want to be a nurse and I was impressed that we both had the same name. I actually did become a RN and recently retired Dec. 2020 after 47 years. I LOVE the fact that she narrated her own book! it was so lovely hearing her voice. The book had drama, humor, there were moments when I laughed and moments when I was a bit teary. I so miss Ms. Carroll. I learned so much about her. She is one of the reasons I am now a working actor. After seeing her on Dynasty, I felt like if she could do it being African American, so could I. Before Ms. Carroll, I had never seen a black women on TV playing the part of being a Rich Black Beautiful Bitch, and I say that with all the love in my heart. Thanks so much for this book. I will most likely listen to it again!

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  • 06-14-22

Definitely a Queen!

Diahnn carroll pulls no punches, but a listers as honest as she is about them tires after a while.

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Class in everyway!

Ms.Carroll writes her memories the same as her professional image: full of class! I finished the book hoping so much to have lived in her life and been her friend. I loved the wonderful self confidence that she has exuberated throughout her life and never for one second expressed regret, bitterness or presented herself less than perfection in every part of her live. I loved the book and highly recommend it to anyone who longs for the golden age!