Today is the 86th birthday of the actress Diahann Carroll. Groundbreaker. Trailblazer. Icon. She pushed forward, creating pathways for next generations. The world is a better place because she was in it and still feels the loss that she has left.
NAME: Diahann Carroll
BIRTH DATE: July 17, 1935
DEATH DATE: October 4, 2019
EDUCATION: School of Performing Arts
PLACE OF BIRTH: Bronx, New York
PLACE OF DEATH: Los Angeles, California
ORIGINALLY: Carol Diahann Johnson
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BEST KNOWN FOR: Diahann Carroll was an actress of stage, screen and TV known for her show ‘Julia’ and films such as ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.’
Actress and singer Carol Diahann Johnson was born on July 17, 1935, in The Bronx, New York. She attended Manhattan’s School of Performing Arts and worked as a nightclub singer and model before making her Broadway debut in The House of Flowers in 1954. That year, she also made her film debut alongside Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones.
Carroll made a number of films during her career and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in Claudine in 1974. She starred in No Strings (1962) and also appeared in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1979). It wasn’t until she was cast as the lead in Julia in 1968, however, that Carroll became a bona fide celebrity. The role made her the first African-American woman to star in her own television series. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for Julia in 1969 and won the Golden Globe Award in 1968.
Carroll was also well known for her role as jet setter Dominique Deveraux on Dynasty from the 1980s. She received her third Emmy nomination in 1989 for her role on A Different World. Most recently, Carroll has made recurring guest appearances on the hit dramedy Grey’s Anatomy.
Carroll has been married four times, including a relationship with singer Vic Damone.
Carroll passed away on October 4, 2019, in Los Angeles, California after a long battle against cancer.
White Collar June (2009-)
The Court Justice DeSett (2002)
Lonesome Dove: The Series Ida Grayson (1994)
A Different World Marion Gilbert (1989-93)
The Colbys Dominique Deveraux (1985-86)
Dynasty Dominique Deveraux (1984-87)
Julia Julia Baker (1968-71)
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Harry Belafonte: Sing Your Song (Jan-2011) · Herself
The Courage to Love (24-Jan-2000) · Pouponne
Jackie’s Back! (14-Jun-1999) · Herself
The Sweetest Gift (12-Mar-1998)
Eve’s Bayou (7-Sep-1997)
The Five Heartbeats (29-Mar-1991)
From the Dead of Night (27-Feb-1989)
Sister, Sister (7-Jun-1982) · Carolyne Lovejoy
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (28-Apr-1979)
The Star Wars Holiday Special (17-Nov-1978)
Death Scream (26-Sep-1975)
Claudine (1974) · Claudine
King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis (24-Mar-1970) · Herself
The Split (4-Nov-1968) · Ellie
Hurry Sundown (6-Feb-1967)
Paris Blues (27-Sep-1961) · Connie Lampson
Goodbye Again (29-Jun-1961) · Night Club Singer
Porgy and Bess (24-Jun-1959)
Carmen Jones (5-Oct-1954) · Myrt