Another one of Diana's roles—besides being a mother, grandmother and singer—is that of an actress. One of her acclaimed movies, Lady Sings the Blues, was nominated for five Academy Awards®. Her other Academy Award-nominated film, Mahogany, featured a theme song sung by Diana, which rose to the top of the Billboard charts.

Despite these successes, Diana says that acting has been a challenging part of her career. "The work of it—the acting part, using your imagination—that was good," she says. "But the waiting and the sitting? I found that, really, I wanted to be with my kids and not sitting in a trailer somewhere."

"But did you love doing those movies?" Oprah asks.

"I loved working with those people," Diana says.


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