Diahann Carroll guest stars as Marion Gilbert, the
mother of Whitley Gilbert Wayne (played by Jasmine Guy) in the popular sitcom,
A Different World - originally a spin-off to The Cosby Show
but from season two re-made into a series of its own by the talented Debbie
Allen. The first episode Diahann appears in, "For She's Only A Bird In A Gilded
Cage", aired in 1989, and is about how Mrs. Gilbert is determined to find
a boyfriend for her daughter. Ms. Carroll earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding
Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
Diahann appeared in a total of seven episodes, the last time (with Patti LaBelle) being in the episode "When One Door Closes..., Part 2".
1. For She's Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage (23 February
2. For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls (21 December 1989)
3. Do You Take This Woman? (21 November 1991)
4. Save the Best for Last: Part 2 (21 May 1992)
5. Faith, Hope, and Charity: Part 1 (12 November 1992)
6. Faith, Hope, and Charity: Part 2 (12 November 1992)
7. When One Door Closes...: Part 2 (8 May 1993)
Only season one released on DVD so far. Diahann appears in seasons 2, 3, 5 and 6.
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