2019-10-08

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  • Faith: Other
  • Career: Actress
  • Birthday:  July 17, 1935
  • Accomplishments:  Golden Globe Awards, academy award, tony award
  • Fun Faith Fact!: Carroll was a founding member of the volunteer group Celebrity Action Council.

Diahann Carroll 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 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 non-stereotypical 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 film Claudine (1974). She was also a breast cancer survivor and activist. She passed away on October 4, 2019.


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