Diana Sands

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Real name is Diana Patricia Sands
Was born at 22 August 1934 in New York City, New York, USA . Died at 21 September 1973, New York City, New York, USA (leiomyosarcoma)
There is some small facts about Diana Sands:
  • Diana Sands was originally cast in the title role for the film, Claudine (1974) , but her cancer forced her to drop out. She then suggested her friend, 'Diahann Carroll' as her replacement.
  • Ironically, Ms. Sands, who played "Beneatha Younger" in "A Raisin in the Sun" and its playwright, 'Lorraine Hansberry' , died very young of cancer. A theatre in Wisconsin, the Hansberry-Sands Theatre, was so named in tribute to them both.
  • Superior Black actress of the 50s and 60s who defied the odds and played Shakespearean and Shavian roles normally cast for white actresses.
  • Appeared in a 1961 musical revue entitled "Another Evening with Harry Stoones" which also featured a 19-year-old 'Barbra Streisand' .
  • When white actress 'Kim Stanley (I)' became unavailable to play the leading role of Doris in the 1964 Broadway romantic comedy "The Owl and the Pussycat," it was offered to Sands , who went on to play the role opposite 'Alan Alda' . Not one line was changed to accommodate her race, and the casting generated relatively little controversy.
  • Her father was a carpenter and her mother a milliner. She graduated from the Manhattan High School of the Performing Arts.
  • Won a host of stage acting awards including an Outer Critics Circle Award for "A Raisin in the Sun" (1959), a Theatre World Award for "Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright" (1962), and an Obie Award for "The Living Premise" (1964). She also earned two successive Tony nominations in 1964 and 1965 for "Blues for Mister Charlie" and "The Owl and the Pussycat," not to mention two Emmy nominations for her dramatic TV work.
  • Was engaged to director 'Kurt Baker' at the time of her death. She was buried in Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum.
  • Won a host of stage acting awards including an Outer Critics Circle Award for "A Raisin in the Sun" (1959), a Theatre World Award for "Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright" (1962), and an Obie Award for "The Living Premise" (1964). She also earned two successive Tony nominations: in 1964 as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "Blues for Mister Charlie" and in 1965 as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "The Owl and the Pussycat," not to mention two Emmy nominations for her dramatic TV work.
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There is the list of movies, where Diana Sands was taked part:
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1 A Face in the Crowd movie A Face in the Crowd 1957 as Homeless Black Woman
2 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson movie The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962 as Herself - Guest
3 A Raisin in the Sun movie A Raisin in the Sun 1961 as Beneatha Younger
4 An Affair of the Skin movie An Affair of the Skin 1963 as Janice
5 Caribbean movie Caribbean 1952 as Native Woman
6 Doctors Wives movie Doctors Wives 1971 as Helen Straughn
7 Ensign Pulver movie Ensign Pulver 1964 as Mila
8 Free to Be... You & Me movie Free to Be... You & Me 1974 as Herself
9 Georgia, Georgia movie Georgia, Georgia 1972 as Georgia Martin
10 Honeybaby, Honeybaby movie Honeybaby, Honeybaby 1974 as Laura Lewis
11 Odds Against Tomorrow movie Odds Against Tomorrow 1959 as Club Hostess
12 The Landlord movie The Landlord 1970 as Fanny
13 The Living End movie The Living End 1972 as Nancy Newman
14 Willie Dynamite movie Willie Dynamite 1974 as Cora
15 ABC Stage 67 movie ABC Stage 67 1966 as Wife
16 Brackens World movie Brackens World 1969 as Mrs. May Bishop
17 Breaking Point movie Breaking Point 1963 as Sara Harris
18 Dr. Kildare movie Dr. Kildare 1961 as Irene Rush
19 East Side/West Side movie East Side/West Side 1963 as Jane Foster
20 Flip movie Flip 1970 as Herself
21 I Spy movie I Spy 1965 as Dr. Rachel Albert
22 Julia movie Julia 1968 as Cousin Sara Porter
23 Medical Center movie Medical Center 1969 as Dr. Marylou Neeley
24 Snap Judgment movie Snap Judgment 1967 as Herself
25 The David Frost Show movie The David Frost Show 1969 as Herself
26 The Fugitive movie The Fugitive 1963 as Davala Unawa
27 The Match Game movie The Match Game 1962 as Team Captain
28 The Nurses movie The Nurses 1962 as Ollie Sutton
29 The Outer Limits movie The Outer Limits 1963 as Dr. Julia Harrison
There is the list of some printed articles of Diana Patricia Sands:
  • "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1993, Vol. 6, Iss. 8, pg. 70-71, by: staff, "Anatomy Awards 4: Diana Sands"
There is the list of some quotes of Diana Sands:
  • I refuse to be stereotyped. Look at me. Never mind my color. Please look at me!
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