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An Evening With Diahann Carroll


May 7, 2005

The George Washington University
805 21st Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20052
United States

This hour-long, one-on-one interview program provided a rare and insightful look into the life and career of legendary entertainer Diahann Carroll. Taped live in Washington, D.C. at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium on Saturday, May 7, 2005, this program was the seventh in The HistoryMakers’ An Evening With... series. Television journalist, moderator and managing editor of Washington Week, Gwen Ifill interviewed actress and singer Diahann Carroll with Discover Financial Services LLC serving as the event’s title sponsor.

Diahann Carroll is a true legend. She is one of America’s major performing talents with a career on the Broadway stage, as a Las Vegas headliner and as an actress in both motion pictures and on television. In the interview, Carroll told her life story, shared her experiences working in the entertainment industry and offered her feelings about being a pioneer and inspiring future minority actresses. She talked about her sitcom Julia, working with Sidney Poitier, her Oscar nomination and her roles on the 1980s prime time soap operas, Dynasty and A Different World


Discover Financial Services


McDonald's Corporation


Willard InterContinentalThe Washington PostRadio OneSheran & Herb WilkinsCathy HughesAmerican Airlines


Hilton Hotels CorporationThompson HospitalityThe Kellogg CompanyNextel Communications, Inc.

  • Antoinette Cook Bush & Dwight Bush, Sr.
  • Darden Restaurants
  • V&J Security Transportation


  • AARP & The Walker Marchant Group
  • Aetna
  • Alliant Energy Corporation
  • Lynne & Joseph Horning
  • Peter & Judy Kovler
  • Marriott International, Inc.
  • News Corporation
  • RLJ Development, LLC
  • Shopper's Food & Pharmacy
  • United Rentals

Additional Contributors

  • Allied Domecq
  • Bloomingdale's
  • Mary Wood's Florist
  • NoseGay Flowershop

Executive Producer

  • Julieanna Richardson



  • Eli Eisenberg

Event Chair

  • Kathy Roberts

Honorary Co-Chairs

  • Dorothy Height
  • Ann & Vernon Jordan


Event Co-Chairs

  • Antoinette Cook Bush & Dwight Bush
  • Marie & Wendell Johns
  • Singleton McAllister & Emmit McHenry
  • Sheran & Herbert Wilkins

Benefit Committee

  • Linda Awkard
  • Hillary & Tom Baltimore
  • Amy Billingsley
  • Sherry Davis
  • Justin Gray
  • Sharon Malone & Eric Holder
  • Judy & Peter Kovler
  • Ann Walker Marchant
  • Sharon Morrow
  • Laura Murphy
  • Carolyn Peachey
  • Frank Ross
  • Riley Temple
  • Genelle Trader