An Evening With Dionne Warwick PBS-TV Show

Wednesday 11/14/2001

James Simpson Theatre, Field Museum

Chicago, Illinois

This one hour one-on-one interview program provides a rare look into the life and times of Dionne Warwick. Taped in Chicago in front of a live audience, singer Dionne Warwick was interviewed by her friend actress and entertainer, Diahann Carroll. Dionne Warwick is one of the most celebrated vocal artists of the past forty years. With more than fifty hit singles and twenty albums, “the artist that bridged the gap” climbed to the top of the charts more than any other female entertainer of the past forty years. Throughout her illustrious career, Dionne Warwick has combined her exceptional talents as a singer with a deep personal commitment to social activism. Her humanitarian efforts to further AIDS research and education has earned Dionne the respect of millions around the world.




An Evening With Dionne Warwick provides an inside look and explores the wonderfully unique life of Dionne Warwick. Using clips of performances and newsreel footage, An Evening with Dionne Warwick tells the story of this living legend.




This program was taped as part of the fall fundraiser for The HistoryMakers, a 501(c)(3) Illinois, not-for-profit corporation. The HistoryMakers is committed to the development of a unique on-line archive of 5,000 first-person narratives of African-American HistoryMakers, both well known and unsung. When completed, the archive will represent the largest single one of its kind in the world. 


The HistoryMakers staff has created a finding aid for this event. View/Download below: 

Finding Aid To An Evening With Dionne Warwick.pdf



Dionne Warwick
Dionne Warwick was born in East Orange, New Jersey, on December 12, 1940. The oldest of three siblings, Warwick was raised in a deeply religious and musical family. At fourteen, Warwick helped form The Gospelaires. In 1959, Warwick received a music scholarship to the University of Hartford. Warwick signed a recording contract in 1962 and her first single, “Don’t Make Me Over,” was a hit, attracting both R&B and pop audiences. From 1963 to 1966, Warwick achieved unprecedented success by becoming the first crossover artist to have a dozen consecutive Top 100 hits. In 1968, she became the first African American solo female artist to receive a Grammy Award for “Do You Know the Way to San Jose.” By 1970, she had recorded thirty hit singles, close to twenty best-selling albums and received a second Grammy Award for the album I’ll Never Fall In Love Again.  





Diahann Carroll
Singer and actress, Diahann Carroll, was born in the Bronx, New York in 1935. Her beauty earned her modeling roles by the time she was a teenager. From there, she went on to roles in Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess. Carroll developed a relationship with Sidney Poitier on the set of "Porgy and Bess," which would continue off and on for the next decade. Carroll’s true breakthrough to America came with her being cast in the title role of the television series, Julia, which garnered her an Emmy nomination in its first year on the air. Also, she had the honor of being the first African American to have her own TV series. Carroll continued to appear in films and on stage, both as an actress and singer to rave reviews. She alos, had a starring role in TV’s "Dynasty" for a number of years. In 1995, Carroll achieved another first, becoming the first African American woman to play the role of Norma Desmond in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Sunset Boulevard. 


Executive Producer

Julieanna L. Richardson


Supervising Producer 

Ava Odom Martin


Honorary Chairs   

Mayor Richard M. & Maggie Daley

Jacoby & Veranda Dickens

The Honorable Emil & Patricia Jones

John McCarter, Jr.

John Rogers, Jr.



Eric & Pamela Johnson

Desiree Glapion Rogers

Dr. Lowell & Doris Zollar


Steering Committee   

Leslie Anderson Lisa Madigan
Pamela K. Anderson Robert L. Mallett
Kate’y Assem  Sharon Morrow 
Patrick G. Barclay Baron Murdock
Jerry Blakemore Sabrina Poole
Barbara L. Bowles Quintin Primo III 
Alfreda Bradley-Coar  Christopher Rabb 
Linda Crane Socrates Rivers
Dr. Elnora Daniel  Belkis M. Santos
Kelly King Dibble Chester Singleteary 
Murrell J. Higgins-Duster Joan Small
Robin A. Hall Deirdre Joy Smith 
Gloria O. Hemphill Joleen Spencer
Mary Johnson  Xcylur R. Stoakley
Patricia Andrews-Keenan Deborah Thomas
Connie Lindsey  Roxanne Ward
Katherine Lauderdale  


 Benefit Committee   

William Bonaparte John Liskey
Timothy Bradford Eileen Mackevich
Robin Brooks Eric McKissack
Peter & Linda Bynoe Daryl Newell
Judith I. Byrd Cheryl Nolan
Zerrie Campbell Virginia S. Peoples
Demetrius Carney Ken Price
Susan Mango Curtis Ruth Ratny
Dillon Dalton Gene Saffold
Pamela J. Eatman Robin Lynn Segal
Denise Gardner James Shannon
Katherine M. Gehl Harold Shepard
Jocelyn B. Hamlar Diane Smith
William Von Hoene, Jr.  Lisa & Charles Tribbett
William Hood Roxanne Ward
Constance Jackson Byron White
Leslie C. Jackson Rufus & Jay Williams
Rodney E. Jackson Cleo Wilson
Thomas Jefferson Velma Wilson
Mavis Laing William Earl & Essie Woods
Mercedes Laing Nikki M. Zollar