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Diahann Carroll-Early Years

Carroll was born Carol Diahann Johnson in The Bronx, New York, to John Johnson and Mabel Faulk. Her family moved to the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City when she was an infant. She attended Music & Art High School, along with schoolmate Billy Dee Williams. Career
Carroll's first film assignment was a supporting role in Carmen Jones in 1954, playing a friend of the sultry Carmen, played by Dorothy Dandridge. She then starred in the Broadway musical House of Flowers. In 1959, she played Clara in the film version of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess along with Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis Jr., and Pearl Bailey. All singing voices were dubbed in the film, with the exception of Pearl Bailey, with opera singer Loulie Jean Norman standing in for Carroll. In 1962 she won the Tony Award for best actress (a first for a black woman) for the role of Barbara Woodruff in the Samuel A. Taylor and Richard Rodgers musical No Strings. In 1974 she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for Claudine.

Carroll is best known for her title role in the 1968 show Julia in 1968, which made her the first African American actress to star in her own television series where she did not play a domestic worker. She was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1969, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress In A Television Series” in 1968. Her first Emmy nomination had come in 1963 for Naked City. Some her other earlier work included appearances on shows hosted by Jack Paar, Merv Griffin, Johnny Carson, Judy Garland and Ed Sullivan, and on The Hollywood Palace variety show.

In the 1980s, Carroll was signed on to join the nighttime soap opera Dynasty and its spin-off The Colbys, as the jet setter, Dominique Deveraux, half-sister of Blake Carrington, played by actor John Forsythe. She received her third Emmy nommination in 1989 for her recurring role as Marion Gilbert in A Different World. In 2006 she appeared in the television medical drama Grey's Anatomy as Jane Burke, the demanding mother of Dr. Preston Burke.

Carroll starred in the Canadian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version of the classic film Sunset Boulevard. She played the crazed silent movie star Norma Desmond, with the role of Joe Gillis played by Rex Smith.

Carroll has been cast in the pilot for USA Networks's series White Collar.

Personal life

Carroll has had four marriages, the first of which produced a daughter, Suzanne Kay Bamford (born 1960), who became a freelance media journalist.

In 1973, Carroll surprised the press by marrying Las Vegas boutique owner Fred Glusman. She and British television host and producer David Frost had been dating at the time, and were actually engaged. Several weeks later, she filed for divorce, charging Glusman with physical abuse. In 1975, she married Robert DeLeon, a managing editor of Jet magazine. She was widowed two years later when DeLeon was killed in a car crash. Carroll's fourth and last marriage was to singer Vic Damone in 1987. The union, which Carroll admitted was turbulent, saw a legal separation in 1991, a reconciliation, and finally divorce in 1996.

Carroll is a breast cancer activist and survivor, who invited a camera crew into her treatment room for a national broadcast special to draw attention to the disease.

She was called "possibly the most perfect woman" and the "all-time best-dressed woman" by fashion critic Richard Blackwell.



* The Man in the Moon (1960)
* The Garry Moore Show (1960)-Recurring for several weeks
* Naked City (1962) as Ruby Jay in episode "A Horse Has a Big Head -- Let Him Worry!"
* The Eleventh Hour - (1963) as Stella Young in episode "And God Created Vanity"
* Julia (1968-1971)
* The Diahann Carroll Special (1971)
* The Black Journal (co-host 1974-1975)
* Death Scream (1975)
* The Diahann Carroll Show (1976) (summer replacement series)
* The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)
* Roots: The Next Generations (1979)
* I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1979)
* Sister, Sister (1982)
* Dynasty (cast member from 1984-1987)

* From the Dead of Night (1989)
* A Different World (1989-1993)
* Murder in Black and White (1990)
* Sunday in Paris (1991)
* Lonesome Dove: The Series (1994-1995)
* A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle (1994)
* The Sweetest Gift (1998)
* Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (1999)
* Jackie's Back (1999)
* The Courage to Love (2000)
* Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000) (miniseries)
* Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story (2000)
* The Court (2002) (canceled after 6 episodes)
* Grey's Anatomy (2006-2007)


* Carmen Jones (1954)
* Porgy and Bess (1959)
* Goodbye Again (1961)
* Paris Blues (1961)
* Hurry Sundown (1967)
* The Split (1968)
* Claudine (1974)
* The Five Heartbeats (1991)
* Color Adjustment (1992 (documentary)
* Eve's Bayou (1997)
* Over The River...Life of Lydia Maria Child, Abolitionist for Freedom (2008) (documentary) (narrator)


* Diahann Carroll Sings Harold Arlen Songs (1957)
* Best Beat Forward (1958)
* The Persian Room Presents Diahann Carroll (1959)
* Porgy and Bess (1959) (with the Andre Previn Trio)
* Diahann Carroll and the Andre Previn Trio (1960)
* Fun Life (1961)
* The Fabulous Diahann Carroll (1963)
* A You're Adorable: Love Songs for Children (1967)
* Nobody Sees Me Cry (1967)
* Diahann Carroll (1974)
* A Tribute to Ethel Waters (1978)
* The Time of My Life (1997)


* House of Flowers (December 30, 1954 - May 21, 1955) (Broadway)
* No Strings (March 15, 1962 - August 3, 1963) (Broadway)
* Same Time, Next Year (1977) (Los Angeles)
* Agnes of God (March 30, 1982 - September 4, 1983) (replacement for Elizabeth Ashley starting in spring of 1983)
* Love Letters (1990) (Los Angeles)
* Sunset Boulevard (1995 - 1996) (Toronto)

Awards and nominations


* 1962 Tony Award for Best Actress – No Strings
* 1968 Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star - Female – Julia


* 1969 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series – Julia
* 1963 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – Naked City
* 1970 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Television Series – Julia
* 1975 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Motion Picture – Claudine
* 1975 Academy Award for Best Actress – Claudine
* 1989 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series – A Different World
* 1999 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Children's Special/Series – The Sweetest Gift
* 2000 Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Mini-Series/Television Movie – Having a Say: The Delany Sisters' 1st 100 Years
* 2005 Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Drama Series – Soul Food
* 2008 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series – Grey's Anatomy

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At 3:26pm on September 27, 2013, Chicago Dusties said…
At 12:49pm on June 22, 2009, Bohemian Chick said…
I love this page sis...thanks!
At 5:46pm on May 30, 2009, Tonya Anderson said…
Thanks for sharing this information.
At 10:12am on April 23, 2009, Saint said…
Hello friend.....hope you have a wonderful day.....
At 10:50am on April 20, 2009, Edie2k2 said…
Thanks KnightD12, Sole, and Saint...I appreciate you all ♥
At 10:24am on April 20, 2009, Saint said…
The Mothership is slowing down these days but this is still a required stop...real nice Edie.....
At 1:13pm on April 16, 2009, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Diahann Carroll....A Timeless, Classical Beauty....SMILE. What a Beautiful page Mama Black Heritage.
At 1:06pm on April 16, 2009, KnightD12 said…
Hi, You really got it looking and sounding good up in here.

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Hi Saint..
At 12:02pm on April 16, 2009, Saint said…
Just breezing through..always a pleasure.....

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