Posts tagged "television"
Diahann Carroll sits for a portrait by French singer Charles Aznavour on the Place Du Tertre in Montmartre, an artist meeting place in Paris on Sept. 13, 1972. They were filming “Cole Porter in Paris,” an NBC special that aired in January 1973. Photo: AP.
Live Long and Prosper! and Happy 81st Birthday Nichelle Nichols! I was named after this beautiful singer, dancer and actress who is, of course, best known for her groundbreaking role as Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek.’ This photo is a screen grab from a ‘Star Trek,’ episode that aired on November 22, 1968, ‘Plato’s Stepchildren.’ Photo: CBS via Getty Images.
This is a screen cap I took of the brilliant actor and director Ivan Dixon (1931-2008) with non other than Cicely Tyson on Bill Cosby’s groundbreaking television series “I Spy” in 1965. Mr. Dixon played an awesome, cocky, politically-incorrect American athlete who defects to China, ends up regretting it and needs the help of Dr. Cosby’s “Alexander Scott” and Robert Culp’s “Kelly Robinson” to return home to the United States. Ms. Tyson portrays his fiance, an African princess named Princess Amara. The Harlem-born Mr. Dixon is best known for his work on the classic television series “Hogan’s Heroes” and the beautiful film “Nothing But A Man with Abbey Lincoln in 1964. Mr. Dixon was also an accomplished director. His work as a director includes “The Spook Who Sat by the Door” in 1973 and several television series, including “The Waltons,” “Magnum P.I.” “Quincy” and “The Rockford Files.” Thank you SO much for your interest and enthusiasm about my upcoming book! Please sign up and register your interest at http://vintageblackglamourbook.com/ so you will know the minute pre-order is available - and thanks again!
Actress Esther Rolle (1920-1998) trying on a dress the Joseph Magnin store in Beverly Hills in 1974. Best known as Florida Evans on “Good Times,” Ms. Rolle was born to Bahamian immigrant parents in Pompano Beach, Florida, the 10th of 18 children. Inspired by two of her sisters who were also actresses (Rosanna Carter and Estelle Evans, who appeared in “To Kill a Mockingbird”) she moved to New York when she was 18 years old to begin a career in writing before she was talked into acting. She was also a dancer and performed with the Asadata Dafora troupe for twelve years before becoming a founding member of the Negro Ensemble Company. She also attended several colleges, most notably Spelman, and was a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority. When asked about portraying a variety of maids throughout her career, Ms. Rolle told People magazine in 1990, “I’m glad to take on the role of a domestic because many of your black leaders, your educators, your professionals came from domestic parents who made sacrifices to see that their children didn’t go through what they did. But, I don’t play Hollywood maids, the hee-hee kind of people who are so in love with their madam’s children they have no time for their own.” Ms. Rolle was particularly concerned about black images and Hollywood and she was not shy about speaking up. She left her most famous role on “Good Times” in protest to what she thought was the increasing buffoonery of the J.J. character. She told People in that same 1990 interview, “I told the producers, ‘I did not agree to do a clown show for you to degrade young black men. I ruffle a lot of feathers. And I’m also selective—that makes you a troublemaker. But so be it. I laid a cornerstone for black actors, and that makes me happy.” Photo: Isaac Sutton from the Ted Williams and Ebony Collection at Art.com.
One of my favorite Dorothy pics. Did you know that she and Nat “King” Cole pitched ideas to networks about doing a television sitcom together? They had a few angles, including one where they played a “small-time pair of married performers” who went through all kinds of (’50s sitcom-ish) scenarios as they climbed the ladder to success. They were turned down all over town. Quelle surprise!
Watching the magnificent Ella Fitzgerald duet with Frank Sinatra on AspireTV. This photo is not from that show, but it is in the same timeframe (1950s). Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images.