Diahann Carroll, Tony Winner, First Black Woman to Star in Own TV Series, Dies at 84

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Diahann Carroll arrives for the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. on
Diahann Carroll, Los Angeles, USA



October 5, 2019

Singer and Tony-winning, Oscar-nominated actress Diahann Carroll, the first African American woman to star in her own TV series, has died at at her home in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer. She was 84.

Her daughter, Suzanne Kay, confirmed the news.

Carroll is perhaps best remembered by younger audiences for her role as the conniving Dominique Deveraux on the nighttime soap “Dynasty” in the mid-’80s. But her first major television assignment was starring as the middle-class single mother Julia in a 1968 sitcom that was praised for featuring an African American in the title role as much as it was criticized for ignoring the civil rights struggle. The series, which ran for three years, was a trailblazer in leading to greater visibility for African American characters on series television.

“Miss Carroll brings glowing personal beauty to the role of the model and her singing captures many moods,” the New York Times said. For her work Carroll picked up the Tony as best actress in a musical.
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  1. Beautiful, talented, and black in the 1950s. What she must have endured as a young woman growing up in the U.S. Carroll and Cosby breaking new ground, but my comment is not about loser Cosby, but about a lady with grace and talent. Nobody said a bad word about her and that says so much about the person in Hollywood. RIP Diahann Carroll!


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