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Carroll in 1976
Carol Diahann Johnson

(1935-07-17)July 17, 1935
Died October 4, 2019(2019-10-04) (aged 84)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death cancer
Education Music & Art High School
Alma mater New York University
Years active 1950–2014
  • Monte Kay
    (m. 1956; div. 1963)
  • Fredde Glusman
    (m. 1973; div. 1973)
  • Robert DeLeon
    (m. 1975; died 1977)
  • Vic Damone
    (m. 1987; div. 1996)
Partner(s) David Frost
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Awards 1962 Tony Award-Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical – No Strings
1969 Golden Globe Award for Best TV StarJulia

Diahann Carroll ( born Carol Diahann Johnson; July 17, 1935 – October 4, 2019) was an 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 a mixed-race diva in the primetime 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.

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