Suzanne Kay Bio, Wiki
Suzanne Kay was born on September 9th, 1960 in Santa Monica, California, United States. She is the daughter of actress Diahann Carroll and legendary Jazz producer Monte Kay. Daughter of actress Diahann Carroll and legendary Jazz producer Monte Kay. Like her parents, she has forged her own way into creating an impressive career in public life as well. Her mother, Diahann Carroll renown for Dynasty and Julia star died at the age of 84 on October 4th, 2019.
Suzanne Kay Education
Kay attended Columbia University, receiving a master’s degree in journalism.
Suzanne Kay Career
Kay interned on the PBS show McNeil-Lehr News and later was a news writer for CNN. Diahann’s daughter was also an editor for Essence Magazine.
Kay later became an on-air personality for ETV!, working with Julie Moran and Greg Kinnear. Suzanne wrote sitcom scripts for Fox, produced and co-wrote a project titled Hero, and started a production company named Wonder View Films. She, later on, she began working as a freelance screenwriter.
According to her website, She produced a documentary about Ed Sullivan and his work in combatting racial injustice. Her site notes that she has also been a writing consultant for a social justice organization created by Harry Belafonte.
Suzanne Kay Husband (Mark Bamford) and their Children
Kay was married to writer Mark Bamford from 1996 until 2016. The couple had two children during their marriage, a son and a daughter who seem to be named August and Sydney. Both Suzanne and Mark’s kids appear to currently be in their teens and attending high school.
Kay and Bamford wrote Hero together as pe Afrocentric News. They visited Cape Town, South Africa together as they were promoting the film, and they loved the area so much they decided to move there. While living in South Africa, they did volunteer work and wrote Cape of Good Hope together.
Suzanne Kay Parents ( Diahann Carroll and Monte Kay)
Suzanne remained close to both her mother Diahann Carroll and her father Monte Kay as she grew up. Monte died in 1998, but Kay has honored him and her love for him via her Instagram page over the years.
Diahann Carroll (birth name Carol Diahann Johnson) was born on July 17th, 1935 and died on October 4th, 2019. She was an American actress, singer, and model. She rose to stardom in performances in some of the earliest major studio films to feature black casts, including Carmen Jones in 1954 and Porgy and Bess in 1959. In 1962, Carroll won a Tony Award for best actress, a first for a black woman, for her role in the Broadway musical No Strings.
Carroll was married four times, first to record producer Monte Kay in 1956. The marriage ended in 1962. The union produced a daughter, Suzanne Kay Bamford.
In 1959, She began a nine-year affair with married actor Sidney Poitier. She claimed that Poitier persuaded her to divorce her husband and he would leave his wife to be with her. When Carroll got her divorce, Poitier did not keep up his end of the bargain, yet the relationship continued until 1968.
Carroll dated and was engaged to British television host and producer David Frost from 1970 until 1973. In 1973, Carroll surprised the press by marrying Las Vegas boutique owner Fred Glusman. Several weeks later, she filed for divorce, charging Glusman with physical abuse.
In 1975, Carroll married Robert DeLeon, a managing editor of Jet. She was widowed two years later when DeLeon was killed in a car crash. Carroll’s fourth marriage was to singer Vic Damone in 1987. The union, which Carroll admitted was turbulent, had a legal separation in 1991, reconciliation, and divorce in 1996.
From among her mom’s four marriages, Suzanne is Diahann’s only child. She was born in 1960 during Carroll’s first marriage to Monte Kay. Suzanne grew up being comfortable with the entertainment business since her father had been a record producer and agent and her mother had worked steadily as an actress throughout Kay’s childhood.
Carroll was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. She said the diagnosis “stunned” her because there was no family history of breast cancer and she had always had a healthy lifestyle. She underwent nine weeks of radiation therapy and had been clear since. She frequently spoke on the need for early detection and prevention of the disease.
Carroll died of cancer on October 4th, 2019, in Los Angeles at the age of 84. Suzanne Kay confirmed Diahann Carroll’s death on Friday. The two women were clearly quite close throughout the decades they had together and Carroll was said to be a loving, doting grandmother.
Suzanne Kay Instagram
Kay has had her Instagram page for a couple of years. She describes herself as a Writer/doc producer. Doc on Ed Sullivan Show and race in America. HuffPo contributor. Blog on race. Daughters of The Movement.