Thursday, December 22, 2011

Diana Sands

Diana Sands was well on her way to becoming a star when she died in 1973 at the age of 39 after losing her battle with a rare form of cancer. Being a black actress at a time when the roles offered were maids and street people, she was never stereotyped into playing  the traditional "black" role of the time.

Instead, her talents made others color blind as she often played characters that weren't written for a black actress. The color of her skin had nothing to do with many of the roles that she played, which in the 1960's was unheard of.

She could make bad writing sound good, as in the Outer Limits episode The Mice, which she manages to make an unwatchable episode worth ones time. And she could also make good writing seem better as is evident in the Sidney Poitier film A Raisin in the Sun.

At the time of her death, she was set to play the title role in the movie Claudine opposite James Earl Jones. The role went to Diahann Carroll who would then be nominated for an Oscar.

Who knows what the future would have held for Diana Sands. She already had greatness, but the world had yet to discover that. Had she lived, I believe that they would have. 


  1. don't forget The Landlord, the Hal Ashby classic from 1970

  2. Don't forget she also played Cousin Sara opposite Diahann Carroll in Julia! I just watched her in a couple of episodes. She was really good. And every time I saw her I thought who is she and what have I seen her in? That's why I looked her up. I was so surprised to find out that she had passed away. That's really to bad, as they say no telling how far she may have gotten. Btw I Love the movie Claudine. R.I.P Diane Sands

  3. She was great in the outer limit episode, The Mice. I just watched it, she made an impression on me so I had to look her up. I was sad to hear she died so young. RIP DIANE SANDS