Diahann Carroll: Quick-Witted Honoree

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  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — At 78-years-old Diahann Carroll keeps a sense of humor.

    “I don’t think I realize what the passage of time really means until people talk about things that I did in the ’50s and I wonder ‘Who the hell are they talking about?,’” the actress, singer and Golden Globe-winner said while being honored at a House of Flowers dinner Saturday evening.

    Beverly Johnson, Angela Bassett, Regina King and Anika Noni Rose were in attendance to applaud Carroll and fellow honoree Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    The dinner, hosted by television producer Tracey Edmonds and film and television producer Debra Martin Chase, was held at Edmonds’ home.

    Fellow honoree Isaacs said the evening made her feel “on top of the world” and described her new post as AMPAS president as “going from zero to 60 in four seconds.”

    Conceptualized by Chase and deemed House of Flowers after Truman Capote’s Broadway play, in which Carroll starred in 1954, the affair was meant to “celebrate female empowerment and to help open doors for future accomplishments,” said Edmonds.

    “Diahann is a legend who’s broken so many barriers and has always represented glamour,” said Chase.

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