Cicely Tyson of 'Roots' Opens up about Visiting Diahann Carroll Days before Her Death
Phenomenal actress and singer Diahann Carroll passed away at age 84 from cancer on October 4. Due to her prominence as the first-ever Black actress to appear as a non-servant character on TV, many friends and fans mourned her passing.
Cicely Tyson was not left out of those who mourned the legend.
The fellow iconic Hollywood star and friend of the late Diahann had an emotional moment during an interview with Marissa Mitchell as disclosed by Oprah.
Cicely opened up on how she felt since her friend's passing during the recent opening of Tyler Perry Studios.
The 94-year-old revealed that she spent time with Diahann before she died. According to her:
"I've known Diahann for 50 years, and I went to see her Sunday because we talked on the phone, and when I would go to California I would visit. We always wanted to go to lunch, but we didn't go because she knew that she could not. "
Diahann, who was best known for her roles in "Julia" and "Dynasty," died at her home in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer. The 84-year-old received both a Tony Award win and an Oscar nod during her lifetime, as per Oprah.
In a Twitter post, Oprah mourned Diahann's passing stating that she cleared the path for her and many others. Other stars took the opportunity of Tyler Perry's studio opening to pay tribute to the late actress for her works before she died as FOX5 narrated.
While Halle Berry claimed that Diahann was a mentor to her, Tyler expressed that the "Hurry Sundown" star's presence and legacy will forever remain.
Although the actor and filmmaker expressed sadness that the actress didn't get to see her sound stage.The sound stages at Tyler Perry Studios also honor stars like Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, the late John Singleton, and the late couple Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.
Oprah Magazine also notes that the actress left behind her only daughter and child, Susanne Kay, who is a producer and journalist.