Some balked at the idea of the elegant Diahann Carroll playing welfare mom of six Claudine, but Bronx-born Carroll pulled this Best Actress Oscar–nominated performance off flawlessly. Carroll personified the ball of frustration caused by a system that won’t allow you to get ahead and judges your personal choices. And audiences got a chance to delight in a role that was sexy, vulnerable and indomitable. It's a nomination that should have most definitely been a win.
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