Carroll, Diahann

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Diahann Carroll is the consummate entertainer. So varied and dynamic are her gifts that she continually astounds fans and critics alike with her versatility and magnetism. She is one of America's major performing talents appearing in nightclubs, the Broadway stage, a Las Vegas headliner, motion pictures and television. Diahann Carroll is a Tony Award winner, an Emmy and Grammy nominee, a Golden Globe winner and a Best Actress Oscar nominee.

Her television nominations go back to 1963 and in 1968, Diahann Carroll became the first black actress in television history to star in her own series,Juliafor NBC, which soared to the top of the Nielsen rating and received an Emmy nomination in its first year on the air. In 1989 she was nominated for an Emmy Award for the successful NBC TV series,A Different World, as outstanding actress in a comedy series. In 1984 Diahann Carroll became the first black actress to star in the award winning nighttime seriesDynasty, which is still in syndication all around the world.

She had a recurring role in Showtime's hit seriesSoul Food, playing the outspoken "Aunt Ruthie", for which she was nominated twice for a NAACP Image Award. She guest starred in Lifetime TV'sStrong Medicineand in NBC's TV showWhoopi, playing Whoopi Goldberg's mother. In 2004 she starred on stage in the musical "Bubbling Brown Sugar" receiving critical acclaim.

In October of 1995 she starred on stage as ‘Norma Desmond' in the Toronto premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musicalSunset Boulevard, staged by director Trevor Nunn and the show's entire original creative team. Hailed by the press as "the ultimate Norma Desmond", Diahann Carroll played to sell-out crowds and her Canadian cast recording outsold all other recordings of the show.

Diahann made her Broadway stage debut starring in Harold Arlen and Truman Capote'sHouse of Flowersand after seeing her in this production, Richard Rodgers created the Broadway productionNo Stringsas a starring vehicle for Miss Carroll, for which she won the Tony Award. She also starred on Broadway in the award winning playAgnes of God.

Her film work includesClaudine, for which she received a 1974 Best Actress Academy Award nomination,Carmen Jones, Paris Blues, Porgy & Bess, Hurry Sundown, I know Why The Caged Bird SingsandEve's Bayou. She is an award winning actress, a successful entrepreneur, a devoted humanitarian... indeed Diahann Carroll is a legend.

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creatorOf Howard, Cy. Westinghouse presents-- "Music U.S.A." / written by Cy Howard. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn Shumlin, Herman, 1898-. Papers, 1930-1968. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn The Bell Telephone Hour collection of sound recordings [sound recording], 1940-1968 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Carroll, Diahann. Julia : [press kit] / presented by NBC. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn Pro Arte Symphony Orchestra. Pro Arte collection, 1962-1971. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Diahann Carroll Collection University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
referencedIn Diahann Carroll collection, [ca. 1976-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
referencedIn Arthur Unger collection of recorded interviews [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Marlon Riggs Collection, 1957-1994 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Winkler, Harry. Julia. Matchmaker, break me a match : [script] / written by Harry Winkler and Harry Dolan. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
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creatorOf The HistoryMakers Video Oral History with Diahann Carroll The HistoryMakers
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Los Angeles (Calif.)
New York (N.Y.)
West Hollywood (Calif.)
Television music--Scores
Film Actress


Birth 1935-07-17

Birth 19350717

Death 20191004




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