Strong-willed and fearless/
The brevity of this life/
Her spark gone too soon.
Diana Sands (1934-1973), by Van Vechten, 1963.
Diana Sands's performance in the original movie version of Lorraine Hansberry's classic drama, A Raisin in the Sun (1961), is a knockout--she portrays a young woman struggling, in a disarming way, to find her own voice and fulfill her own dreams in the midst of the 20th century American civil rights movement.
However, it is with her performance as Fanny in 1970's The Landlord (based on the novel by Kristin Hunter--adapted by Bill Gunn) that the true depth of her dramatic range comes to the fore. Nuanced, wise, and showing true pathos. See the brief clip below.