Diahann Carroll - TV Actress 1968

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A photo of Diahann Carroll in the title role of her tv series "Julia".

Born Carrol Diahann Johnson in the Bronx in 1935, her father (John Johnson) was a subway conductor and her mother (Mabel (Faulk) Johnson) was a nurse. By age 15, she was already a model in Ebony magazine. A sociology major in college, she was always interested in acting, dancing, and singing and left college to pursue a career in entertainment (promising her parents that if she didn't make it in 2 years, she'd return to college).

Well, "make it" she did - beginning with singing roles (her first film role was in 1954 in "Carmen Jones") and then adding acting. She was the first black actress to win a Tony for a leading role on Broadway and the first to be nominated for best actress for an Oscar in 1974.

From 1968 - 1971, she starred in "Julia" - "the first African-American actress to star in her own television series where she did not play a domestic worker." This doesn't sound like much today but at the time it was groundbreaking since her presence carried the show - she played a professional (nurse) widowed mother of a son .

She went on to play a major role in the tv show "Dynasty" as well as many other tv shows, films, and Broadway plays - winning 3 Emmys, a Tony, and a Golden Globe as well as numerous other nominations.

Married 4 times (she had a daughter from her 1st marriage and her last marriage was to Vic Damone), she also had long-term relationships with Sidney Poitier and David Frost.

She died of cancer on October 4, 2019.
Date & Place: in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California United States
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Age: 33
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Beautiful, talented, and a ground breaking actress and singer, Diahann Carroll died Friday, Oct 4. RIP Ms Carroll
Oct 04, 2019 · Reply
Helen Norvell
RIP
Oct 04, 2019 · Reply
Johanna Trayan
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Watched it. RIP.
Oct 04, 2019 · Reply
Brigitte Cherubini
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I remember watching that.
Oct 04, 2019 · Reply
Theresa Maguire
RIP
Oct 05, 2019 · Reply
P.g. Gilles
I had a Barbie Doll designed upon her Julia s charactere. She was a talking one.
Oct 05, 2019 · Reply
Gina Estrada Nevarez
She was very pretty.
Oct 05, 2019 · Reply
Ginny Pfeifer
I well remember watching "Julia". Ms Carroll was so talented. A beautiful lady!
Oct 05, 2019 · Reply
Theresa Padovano
Rest in Peace what a beautiful person she was an a great actress 💖🌹
Oct 05, 2019 · Reply
Catherine Satula
Gorgeous
Oct 05, 2019 · Reply
Bernadette Walsh
Watched it faithfully
Oct 05, 2019 · Reply
Carolyn Mount Plank
RIP
Oct 05, 2019 · Reply
Donna Richwalski Winski
RIP Diana, always watched this show.
Oct 05, 2019 · Reply
Anita Davis
As a young girl. I always felt she was a beautiful lady. I wanted to be like her.
Oct 05, 2019 · Reply
Robin Goll Syracuse
I remember!
Oct 05, 2019 · Reply
Bob Gaines
Stunningly beautiful lady, inside and out, in every way!
Oct 05, 2019 · Reply
Deborah Hayes-Evilsizor
My husband and I met her in St. Thomas USVI at our favorite place. She vacationed there frequently. Beautiful woman. RIP❤️
Oct 05, 2019 · Reply
Pat Rowland Carothers
Always watched her show, and enjoyed it very much.
Oct 05, 2019 · Reply
Nancy Greene Columbus
Beautiful woman 💕
Oct 05, 2019 · Reply
Georgia Bowman
Loved that show.
Oct 05, 2019 · Reply
Leonor Balderrama
So sad news!!
Oct 08, 2019 · Reply
Linda Woody
I thought she was great! She also sang very nicely.
Oct 08, 2019 · Reply
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