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Carol Diahann Johnson

(1935-07-17)July 17, 1935
DiedOctober 4, 2019(2019-10-04) (aged 84)
Education Music & Art High School
Alma mater New York University
Years active1950–2015
Home town Harlem, New York, U.S. [1] [2]
  • 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
David Frost
Awards 1969 Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star   Julia

Diahann Carroll ( /dˈæn/ ; born Carol Diann Johnson; July 17, 1935 – October 4, 2019) [2] 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.

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<i>Carmen Jones</i> (film) 1954 film by Otto Preminger

Carmen Jones is a 1954 American musical film starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte, produced and directed by Otto Preminger. The screenplay by Harry Kleiner is based on the lyrics and book by Oscar Hammerstein II, from the 1943 stage musical of the same name, set to the music of Georges Bizet's 1875 opera Carmen. The opera was an adaptation of the 1845 Prosper Mérimée novella Carmen by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy.


Her 1968 debut in Julia , the first series on American television to star a black woman in a non-stereotypical role, [3] 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.

<i>Julia</i> (TV series) American television sitcom 1968-1971

Julia is an American sitcom. It is notable for being the first weekly series to depict an African American woman in a non-stereotypical role. Previous television series featured African American lead characters, but the characters were usually servants. The show starred actress and singer Diahann Carroll, and ran for 86 episodes on NBC from September 17, 1968, to March 23, 1971. The series was produced by Savannah Productions, Inc., Hanncarr Productions, Inc., and 20th Century-Fox Television.

Television is one of the major mass media of the United States. As of 2011, household ownership of television sets in the country is 96.7%, with approximately 114,200,000 American households owning at least one television set as of August 2013. The majority of households have more than one set. The peak ownership percentage of households with at least one television set occurred during the 1996–97 season, with 98.4% ownership.

Dominique Deveraux fictional character

Dominique Deveraux is a fictional character on the ABC prime time soap opera Dynasty and its spin-off, The Colbys. Portrayed by Diahann Carroll from 1984 to 1987, the character is the surprise half-sister of millionaire Blake Carrington. Dominique was written out of the series at the end of its seventh season, and did not return for the 1991 miniseries Dynasty: The Reunion.

Early years

Carol Diahann Johnson was born in the Bronx, New York City, on July 17, 1935, [4] to John Johnson, a subway conductor, and Mabel (Faulk), [5] a nurse. [6] [7] :152 While Carroll was still an infant, the family moved to Harlem, where she grew up. [8] [7] :152 She attended Music and Art High School, [9] [4] [8] 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 . [6] [9] "She also began entering television contests, including Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, under the name Diahann Carroll." [6] [4] [7] :152 After graduating from high school, she attended New York University, [4] where she majored in sociology, [7] :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." [6]

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Carroll's big break came at age 18, when she appeared as a contestant on the DuMont Television Network program, Chance of a Lifetime , hosted by Dennis James. [6] [8] [7] :152 On the show, which aired January 8, 1954, she took the $1,000 top prize for a rendition of the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein song, "Why Was I Born?" She went on to win the following four weeks. Engagements at Manhattan's Café Society and Latin Quarter nightclubs soon followed. [10]

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Carroll's film debut was a supporting role in Carmen Jones (1954), [6] [9] [4] as a friend to the sultry lead character played by Dorothy Dandridge. That same year, she starred in the Broadway musical, House of Flowers . [6] [4] A few years later, she played Clara in the film version of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess (1959), but her character's singing parts were dubbed by opera singer Loulie Jean Norman. [6] [9] [4] The following year, Carroll made a guest appearance in the series Peter Gunn , in the episode "Sing a Song of Murder" (1960). In the next two years, she starred with Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, and Joanne Woodward in the film Paris Blues (1961) [6] and won the 1962 Tony Award for best actress (the first time for a black woman) for portraying Barbara Woodruff in the Samuel A. Taylor and Richard Rodgers musical No Strings . [3] [6] [9] [4] Twelve years later, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her starring role alongside James Earl Jones in the film Claudine (1974), [3] [6] [9] [4] which part had been written specifically for actress Diana Sands (who had made guest appearances on Julia as Carroll's cousin Sara), but shortly before filming was to begin, learned she was terminally ill with cancer. Sands attempted to carry on with the role, but as filming began, she became too ill to continue and recommended her friend Carroll take over the role. [9] Sands died in September 1973, before the film's release in April 1974. [9]

Dorothy Dandridge American film and theatre actress, singer and dancer

Dorothy Jean Dandridge was an American film and theatre actress, singer, and dancer. She is perhaps one of the most famous black actresses to have a successful Hollywood career and the first to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1954 film Carmen Jones. Dandridge performed as a vocalist in venues such as the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater. During her early career, she performed as a part of The Wonder Children, later The Dandridge Sisters, and appeared in a succession of films, usually in uncredited roles.

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George Gershwin American composer and pianist

George Gershwin was an American composer and pianist whose compositions spanned both popular and classical genres. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928), the songs Swanee (1919) and Fascinating Rhythm (1924), the jazz standard I Got Rhythm (1930), and the opera Porgy and Bess (1935) which spawned the hit Summertime.

Carroll and Sammy Davis Jr. on The Hollywood Palace, 1968 Diahann Carroll Sammy Davis Jr. Hollywood Palace 1968.JPG
Carroll and Sammy Davis Jr. on The Hollywood Palace, 1968

Carroll is known for her titular role in the television series Julia (1968), [6] [4] [7] :141-151 which made her the first African-American actress to star in her own television series who did not play a domestic worker. [3] [9] That role won her the Golden Globe Award for "Best Actress In A Television Series" for its year, [4] [11] and a nomination for an Emmy Award in 1969. [4] Some of Carroll's earlier work also included appearances on shows hosted by Johnny Carson, Judy Garland, Merv Griffin, Jack Paar, and Ed Sullivan, and on The Hollywood Palace variety show. In 1984, Carroll joined the nighttime soap opera Dynasty as the mixed-race jet set diva Dominique Deveraux, [6] Blake Carrington's half-sister. [9] Her high-profile role on Dynasty also reunited her with her schoolmate Billy Dee Williams, who briefly played her onscreen husband Brady Lloyd. Carroll remained on the show until 1987, simultaneously making several appearances on its short-lived spin-off, The Colbys . She received her third Emmy nomination in 1989 for the recurring role of Marion Gilbert in A Different World . [9]

Golden Globe Awards Award of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

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Emmy Award American television production award

An Emmy Award, or simply Emmy, is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry. It is presented at numerous annual events held throughout the calendar year, each honoring one of the various sectors of the television industry. The two ceremonies that receive the most media coverage are the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Daytime Emmy Awards, which recognize outstanding work in American primetime and daytime entertainment programming, respectively. Other notable Emmy events include those honoring national sports programming, national news and documentary shows, and technological and engineering achievements in television, including the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards. Regional Emmy Awards are also presented throughout the country at various times through the year, recognizing excellence in local and statewide television. In addition, the International Emmy Awards honor excellence in TV programming produced and initially aired outside the United States.

Johnny Carson American talk show host and comedian

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Carroll portrayed Eleanor Potter, the doting, concerned, and protective wife of Jimmy Potter (portrayed by Chuck Patterson), in The Five Heartbeats (1991), [4] a musical drama film also featuring actor and musician Robert Townsend, and Michael Wright. In a 1995 reunion with Billy Dee Williams in Lonesome Dove: The Series , she played Mrs. Greyson, the wife of Williams' character. In 1996, Carroll starred as the self-loving and deluded silent movie star Norma Desmond in the Canadian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version of the film Sunset Boulevard . In 2001, Carroll made her animation début in The Legend of Tarzan , [12] in which she voiced Queen La, [13] ruler of the ancient city of Opar. [14]

Carroll appeared in the television medical drama Grey's Anatomy (2006) as Jane Burke, the demanding mother of Dr. Preston Burke. From December 2008, she appeared in USA Network's series White Collar as June, the savvy widow who rents out her guest room to Neal Caffrey. [15] In 2010, Carroll was featured in UniGlobe Entertainment's breast cancer docudrama titled 1 a Minute, and she appeared as Nana in two Lifetime movie adaptations of Patricia Cornwell novels: At Risk and The Front. [16]

In 2013, Carroll was present on stage for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, to briefly speak about being the first African American nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. She was quoted as saying about Kerry Washington, nominated for Scandal , "she better get this award." [17] Washington erroneously stated that Carroll was the first black performer ever to be nominated for an Emmy. In fact, at least three black performers were nominated before Carroll (Ethel Waters for a guest appearance on Route 66, in 1962; Harry Belafonte, who was nominated in 1956 and 1961, and won in 1960; and Sammy Davis Jr., who was nominated in 1956 with Belafonte), who was first nominated in 1963. [18]

Personal life

Carroll was married four times. Her father boycotted the ceremony for her first wedding, to record producer Monte Kay in 1956, [6] [9] which was presided over by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. The marriage ended in 1962. [19] The union produced a daughter, Suzanne Kay Bamford (born September 9, 1960), who became a journalist and screenwriter. [6] [20] [21]

In 1959, Carroll began a nine-year affair with the married actor Sidney Poitier. [6] [8] She said Poitier persuaded her to divorce her husband and said he would leave his wife to be with her. When Carroll got her divorce, Poitier did not keep up his end of the bargain. [22] Eventually he divorced his wife. According to Poitier, their relationship ended because he requested to live with Carroll for six months without her daughter present so he would not be "jumping from one marriage straight into another." She refused. [23]

Carroll dated and was engaged to British television host and producer David Frost from 1970 until 1973. [6] [8] In 1973, Carroll surprised the press by marrying Las Vegas boutique owner Fred Glusman. [6] [9] After four months of marriage Glusman filed for divorce in June 1973. Carroll filed a response, but did not contest the divorce, which was finalized two months later. [8] [24] Glusman was reportedly physically abusive. [25]

On May 25, 1975, Carroll then aged 39, married Robert DeLeon, 24-year old managing editor of Jet magazine. [6] [9] They met when DeLeon assigned himself to a cover story on Carroll about her 1975 Oscar nomination for Claudine. [26] DeLeon had a child from a previous marriage. Carroll moved to Chicago where Jet was headquartered, but DeLeon soon quit his job so the couple relocated to Oakland. [26] Carroll was widowed two years later when DeLeon was killed in a car crash. [8] [27] [28] Carroll's fourth marriage was to singer Vic Damone in 1987. [6] [9] The union, which Carroll admitted was turbulent, had a legal separation in 1991, reconciliation, and divorce in 1996. [8] [29] [30]

Charitable work

Carroll was a founding member of the Celebrity Action Council, a volunteer group of celebrity women who served the women's outreach of the Los Angeles Mission, working with women in rehabilitation from problems with alcohol, drugs, or prostitution. She helped to form the group along with other female television personalities including Mary Frann, Linda Gray, Donna Mills, and Joan Van Ark. [31]

Illness and death

Carroll was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. [32] She said the diagnosis "stunned" her, because there was no family history of breast cancer, and she had always led a healthy lifestyle. She underwent nine weeks of radiation therapy and had been clear since. She frequently spoke of the need for early detection and prevention of the disease. [9] [33] She died on October 4, 2019, in Los Angeles, aged 84. [3] [9] [32]



1954 Carmen Jones Myrt [4] [6] [9]
1959 Porgy and Bess Clara [4] [6] [9]
1961 Goodbye Again Night Club Singer [9]
Paris Blues Connie Lampson [9]
1967 Hurry Sundown Vivian Turlow [6] [9] [8]
1968 The Split Ellen "Ellie" Kennedy [6] [9]
1974 Claudine Claudine [3] [6] [9] [4]
1991 The Five Heartbeats Eleanor Potter [8] [12]
1992 Color Adjustment Herself [34] [35]
1997 Eve's Bayou Elzora [12]
2008 Over the River...Life of Lydia Maria Child, Abolitionist for Freedom Narrator [8] [36]
2013 Tyler Perry Presents Peeples Nana Peeples [37] [38]
2015 The Masked Saint Ms. Edna [12]


1954 Chance of a Lifetime HerselfFour consecutive weeks as a contestant [6] [8]
1954 The Red Skelton Hour Herself1 episode [8]
1955 General Electric Theater AnnaEpisode: "Winner by Decision" [8]
1957–1961 The Jack Paar Tonight Show Herself28 episodes [8] [7] :152
1957–1968 The Ed Sullivan Show Herself9 episodes [8]
1959–1962 The Garry Moore Show Herself8 episodes [39] :173-177
1960 Peter Gunn Dina WrightEpisode: "Sing a Song of Murder" [8] [7] :152
1960 The Man in the Moon TV movie [8] [12]
1962 What's My Line? Mystery Guest [8] [40]
1962 Naked City Ruby JayEpisode: "A Horse Has a Big Head – Let Him Worry!" [8] [7] :152
1963 The Eleventh Hour Stella YoungEpisode: "And God Created Vanity" [8] [7] :152 [12]
1963–1975 The Merv Griffin Show Herself2 episodes [8]
1964 The Judy Garland Show HerselfEpisode 21 [8] [7] :152
1964–1967 The Danny Kaye Show Herself6 episodes [7] :152 [39] :156-161
1964–1969 The Hollywood Palace Herself10 episodes [8]
1965–1971 The Dean Martin Show Herself5 episodes [8]
1966–1978 The Mike Douglas Show Herself12 episodes [8]
1967–1971 The Carol Burnett Show Herself2 episodes [39] :25,31
1968 Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing Herself [8]
1968–1971 Julia Julia Baker86 episodes [6] [4] [3] [9]
1969 The Joey Bishop Show Herself1 episode [41]
1972, 1986 The Dick Cavett Show Herself3 episodes [42] [43] [44]
1972 The New Bill Cosby Show Herself1 episode [45]
1975 Death Scream Betty MayTV movie [8]
1976 The Diahann Carroll Show Herself4 episodes [7] :154
1977 The Love Boat Roxy BlueEpisode: "Isaac the Groupie" [8] [12]
1977–1978 Hollywood Squares Herself11 episodes [8]
1978 Star Wars Holiday Special Mermeia Holographic Wow [8]
1979 Roots: The Next Generations Zeona Haley [6] [8] [7] :154
1979 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings VivianTV movie [6] [8] [7] :154
1982 Sister, Sister Carolyne LovejoyTV movie [4] [8] [7] :154
1984–1987 Dynasty Dominique Deveraux 74 episodes [4] [21]
1985–1986 The Colbys Dominique Deveraux7 episodes [4] [21]
1989From the Dead of NightMaggie [8] [7] :156
1989–1993 A Different World Marion Gilbert9 episodes [6] [4]
1990Murder in Black and WhiteMargo Stover [8] [7] :156
1991Sunday in ParisVernetta Chase [8]
1993 The Sinbad Show Mrs. WintersEpisode: "My Daughter's Keeper" [8]
1994 Burke's Law Grace GibsonEpisode: "Who Killed the Beauty Queen?" [8]
1994 Evening Shade GingerEpisode: "The Perfect Woman" [8]
1994–1995 Lonesome Dove: The Series Ida Grayson7 episodes [4] [8]
1994 A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle Lydia Bishop [8]
1995 Touched by an Angel Grace WillisEpisode: "The Driver" [8]
1998The Sweetest GiftMrs. Wilson [8]
1999 Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Sadie DelanyTV movie [6] [8] [7] :156
1999 Jackie's Back HerselfTV movie [8]
1999 Twice in a Lifetime Jael2 episodes [8]
2000 The Courage to Love PouponneTV movie [8]
2000Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Betty Hemings Miniseries [8] [7] :156
2000 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child CrowEpisode: "Aesop's Fables: A Whodunit Musical" [46]
2000 Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story Maria Cole TV movie [8]
2001 The Legend of Tarzan Queen La (voice)3 episodes [12] [13]
2002 The Court Justice DeSett6 episodes [8]
2002 Half & Half Grandma Ruth ThorneEpisode: "The Big Thanks for Forgiving Episode" [8]
2003 Strong Medicine Eve MortonEpisode: "Love and Let Die" [8]
2003–2004 Soul Food Aunt Ruthie2 episodes [12] [8]
2004 Whoopi Viveca RaeEpisode: "Mother's Little Helper" [8]
2006–2007 Grey's Anatomy Jane Burke5 episodes [6] [9] [4] [21]
2008 Back to You Sandra JenkinsEpisode: "Hug & Tell" [8]
2009–2014 White Collar June Ellington25 episodes [6] [9] [4] [21]
2010 At Risk NanaTV movie [47]
2010The FrontNanaTV movie [47]
2010Diahann Carroll: The Lady. The Music. The LegendHerselfFilmed live in concert in Palm Springs, California [48]
2010–2011 Diary of a Single Mom Therapist7 episodes [4]



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Sônia Braga Brazilian-American actress

Sônia Maria Campos Braga is a Brazilian-American actress. She is known in the English-speaking world for her Golden Globe Award nominated performances in Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) and Moon over Parador (1988). She also received a BAFTA Award nomination in 1981 for Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands. For the 1994 television film The Burning Season, she was nominated for an Emmy Award and a third Golden Globe Award. Her other television and film credits include The Cosby Show (1986), Sex and the City (2001), American Family (2002), Alias (2005), Aquarius (2016) and Bacurau (2019).

Frances Conroy American actress

Frances Hardman Conroy is an American actress. She is best known for playing Ruth Fisher on the television series Six Feet Under. Her work on the show won her acclaim and several awards, including a Golden Globe and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She is also known for playing the older version of Moira O'Hara in season one of the television anthology series American Horror Story, which garnered Conroy her first Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television nomination, and as well an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. Conroy subsequently portrayed The Angel of Death, Myrtle Snow, Gloria Mott, Mama Polk and Bebe Babbitt on six further seasons of the show - Asylum, Coven, Freak Show, Roanoke, Cult, and Apocalypse, respectively. Conroy and co-stars Lily Rabe and Evan Peters have appeared in the most seasons of the show after Sarah Paulson. For her performance in Coven, she was nominated again for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.

Jeanne Cooper American actress

Wilma Jeanne Cooper was an American actress, best known for her role as Katherine Chancellor on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless (1973–2013). At the time of her death, she was eighth on the all-time list of longest-serving soap opera actors in the United States. She was the mother of three children, the eldest being actor Corbin Bernsen.

Kathy Baker American actress

Katherine Whitton Baker is an American actress. Baker began her career in theatre and made her screen debut in the 1983 drama film, The Right Stuff. She received the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance in Street Smart (1987). Baker also has appeared in over 50 films, including Jacknife (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Cider House Rules (1999), Cold Mountain (2003), Nine Lives (2005), The Jane Austen Book Club (2007), Last Chance Harvey (2008), Take Shelter (2011), Saving Mr. Banks (2013) and The Age of Adaline (2015).

Laura Dern American actress, director, and producer.

Laura Elizabeth Dern is an American actress, director, and producer. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including four Golden Globe Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award, and has been nominated for two Academy Awards.

Diana Sands American actress

Diana Sands was an American actress, perhaps most famous for her portrayal of Beneatha Younger, the sister of Sidney Poitier's character in the original stage and film versions of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun (1961). She also appeared in a number of dramatic television series in the 1960s and 1970s such as I Spy, as Davala Unawa in the 1967 The Fugitive episode "Dossier on a Diplomat", Dr. Harrison in the Outer Limits episode "The Mice", and Julia. Sands also starred in the 1963 film An Affair of the Skin as the narrator and photographer, Janice.


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