Like sisters

There was much gushing in the tweetstream Sunday night when Kerry Washington and Diahann Carroll emerged as presenters at the Primetime Emmys, mostly along the lines of “Dayum, girl, but you do look good for 80!”

Actually, Diahann’s only 78. And if you’d been paying attention, you’d have seen this shot of the two of them, which came out earlier in the month when they were added to the presenter list:

Diahann Carroll and Kerry Washington


I’ll happily refer you to previous shots of Kerry Washington, while I produce this oddity from the Annals of Time, or at least of Dynasty:

Diahann Carroll with Billy Dee Williams

From Ebony, October 1984, a mere thirty twenty-nine years ago, Diahann Carroll as Blake Carrington’s half-sister Dominique Deveraux, née Millie Cox, at the time of her arrival in Denver married to Brady Lloyd (Billy Dee Williams). They break up, but Dominique manages to hang around long enough to make it into the spin-off series The Colbys.



  1. McGehee »

    24 September 2013 · 2:38 pm

    Diahann has also been playing a recurring role on “White Collar” as Neil Caffrey’s landlady. Emphasis on “lady.”

  2. Roger Green »

    24 September 2013 · 8:18 pm

    Dayum is right.
    But 1984 was only 29 years ago.

  3. CGHill »

    24 September 2013 · 8:37 pm

    You know how some guys get all tongue-tied in the presence of beauty? I forget how to count.

  4. Tatyana »

    25 September 2013 · 7:18 am

    Which one of them is 78?
    [and who are they, some kind of notoriety?]

  5. CGHill »

    25 September 2013 · 7:47 am

    Kerry’s wearing the purple shoes. She’s 36.

    Carroll’s first claim to fame was NBC’s Julia (1968-71), one of the first network series to feature an African-American woman in a leading role that didn’t hue to old servile stereotypes. Washington, given her own leading role in Scandal as a political fixer, could be said to be blazing similar trails.

  6. Tatyana »

    25 September 2013 · 8:50 am

    Ah, so they are both actresses; haven’t seen either of the shows.

    Incidentally, I’ve had it with this universal insistence of racial identifiers.
    Why these two women are labeled as African? They are Americans, born here, raised here, speak the language, sponged the culture (hell, they are the culture – if you count TV) – what’s African in their composition? Some negligible percentage of gene material? But the way they look to me – their White (“caucasian” is even worse misnomer) genes have the same claim in the bouquet. If you think of it – the fact of the mixture in their genetic composition – is what makes them essential, model Americans -in a “melting pot” sense.

  7. CGHill »

    25 September 2013 · 9:36 am

    Which is true so far as it goes; but today, the melting-pot metaphor is avoided, lest someone’s Cultural Identity be hidden. (People today value “diversity” in much the same way they used to value phlogiston.)

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