Diahann Carroll

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Carol Diann Johnson

Also Known As: "Diane", "Diahann Kaplan"
Birthplace: Bronx, Bronx County, New York, United States
Death: October 04, 2019 (84)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Johnson and Mabel Johnson
Wife of Robert A Deleon
Ex-wife of Monte Kay; Fred Glusman and Vic Damone
Mother of Suzanne Kay Bamford

Occupation: actor, singer
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Diahann Carroll

from Official Site:

She debuted her one woman show at Feinstein’s, New York’s premier venue, to sell out audiences receiving overwhelming reviews.

Stephen Holden of the New York Times wrote, “Diahann Carroll is historic. Experience it while you can. Her opening number, “Come Rain or Come Shine” erupts out of her like an emotional volcano. From here on, the lava never stops flowing. The forceful dramatic immediacy of her performance of “As If We Never Said Goodbye” is second to none. Throughout the show, Ms. Carroll demonstrates her A-to-Z range as a singing actress. A rip-roaring version of the Sophie Tucker show-stopper “Some of These Days” is matched in commitment by its quiet opposite, the break-up song, “Where Do You Start?”

The New York Post said, “Looking impossibly beautiful and dressed and coiffed in a manner that would make Norma Desmond (whom she played in “Sunset Boulevard”) proud, she delivers in a strong voice remarkably unaffected by age, a well-chosen mixture of standards, pop ballads and songs associated with her stage career”.

Her television nominations go back to 1963, and in 1968 Diahann Carroll became the first black actress in television history to star in her own series, “Julia” for NBC, which soared to the top of the Nielsen rating and received an Emmy nomination in its first year on air.

She was nominated for an Emmy Award for the successful NBC series, “A Different World”, as outstanding actress in a comedy series, and also co-starred in the award winning night-time series “Dynasty”, which is still in syndication around the world.

Diahann made her Broadway stage debut starring in Harold Arlen and Truman Capote’s “House of Flowers” and after seeing her in this production, Richard Rodgers created the Broadway production “No Strings” as a starring vehicle for Miss Carroll, for which she won the Tony Award. She also starred on Broadway in the award winning play “Agnes of God”.

Her film work includes “Claudine”, for which she received a 1974 Best Actress Academy Award nomination, “Carmen Jones”, “Paris Blues”, “Porgy & Bess”, “Hurry Sundown”, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” and “Eve’s Bayou”.

She is an award-winning actress, a successful entrepreneur, a devoted humanitarian… indeed, Diahann Carroll is a legend.

  1. Ethnicity: African American
  2. Residence: The Bronx

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. Her 1968 debut in Julia, the first series on American television to star a black woman in a nonstereotypical role, was a milestone both in her career and the medium. In the 1980s she played the role of Dominique Deveraux, a mixed-race diva, in the prime time soap opera Dynasty. Carroll was the recipient of numerous stage and screen nominations and awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress In A Television Series in 1968. She received an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination for the 1974 film Claudine. She was also a breast cancer survivor and activist.

Bio courtesy of: Wikipedia

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Diahann Carroll's Timeline

July 17, 1935
Bronx, Bronx County, New York, United States
September 9, 1960
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, United States
October 4, 2019
Age 84
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States