Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll
Diahann Carroll 1976.JPG
Carroll in 1976
Born
Carol Diahann Johnson

(1935-07-17)July 17, 1935
DiedOctober 4, 2019(2019-10-04) (aged 84)
EducationMusic & Art High School
Alma materNew York University
Occupation
Years active1950–2015
Home townHarlem, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s)
  • Monte Kay
    (m. 1956; div. 1963)
  • Fred Glusman
    (m. 1973; div. 1973)
  • Robert DeLeon
    (m. 1975; died 1977)
  • Vic Damone
    (m. 1987; div. 1996)
Partner(s)Sidney Poitier
(1959–1968)
David Frost
(1970–1973)
Children1
Awards1969 Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star – Julia

Diahann Carroll (n/; born Carol Diann Johnson; July 17, 1935 – October 4, 2019) was an American actress, singer, model, and activist. She rose to prominence in some of the earliest major studio films to feature black casts, including Carmen Jones (1954) and Porgy and Bess (1959). In 1962, Carroll won a Tony Award for best actress, a first for an African American 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 non-stereotypical role,[1] 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 film Claudine (1974). She died on October 4, 2019 after a battle with breast cancer.[2]

Early years

Carroll, by Carl Van Vechten, 1955

Carol Diahann Johnson was born in the Bronx, New York City, on July 17, 1935,[3] to John Johnson, a subway conductor, and Mabel (Faulk),[4] a nurse.[5][6]:152 While Carroll was still an infant, the family moved to Harlem, where she grew up.[7][6]:152 She attended Music and Art High School,[8][3][7] and was a classmate of Billy Dee Williams'. In many interviews about her childhood, Carroll recalls her parents' support, and their enrolling her in dance, singing, and modeling classes. By the time Carroll was 15, she was modeling for Ebony.[5][8] "She also began entering television contests, including Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, under the name Diahann Carroll."[5][3][6]:152 After graduating from high school, she attended New York University,[3] where she majored in sociology,[6]:152 "but she left before graduating to pursue a show-business career, promising her family that if the career did not materialize after two years, she would return to college."[5]

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