In March, I blogged about the excellent and exciting actress, Diana Sands. The late Ms. Sands had talent, wit, charisma and spirit. Had she lived, I would not have been surprised at all if she was the first African-American woman to win the Best Actress Academy Award and the first to have more than one Oscar nomination to her credit.
Sands was set for the lead role in Claudine when she was stricken with cancer. She suggested that her friend Diahann Carroll take over the role. Carroll did and she earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress of 1974 thanks to Claudine. Diana Sands passed away in 1973 at age 39. She was a superb actress.