Even though Diahann Carroll was the first female black actress to star in her own television series, she says she never felt she deserved to be called a “trailblazer” for her accomplishments. Carroll, recently honored at the House of Flowers event in Beverly Hills by other African-American women who have excelled in the arts and entertainment, admits she felt she was simply doing her job and there were not that many jobs offered to her, so she did her best whenever a job opportunity did come along. Carroll insists that black women still encounter many barriers to success today and she feels frustrated that discrimination is occurring well into the 21st century.
Carroll, who had a celebrated romance with talk-show host David Frost and was married to singer Vic Damone, shared honors with newly elected Motion Picture Academy president and African-American, Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Carroll also revealed that her father is still living and at the age of 103 has seen quite a few social changes happen in America. Carroll is getting ready to co-star with Denzel Washington in the premiere on Broadway of a new musical and says she feels afraid but ready to face her latest challenge.