Carroll, Diahann

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Born Carol Diann Johnson, July 17, 1935 in the Bronx, NY. Having appeared for a short period in Arthur Godfrey's radio show as a child, she entered New York's High School of Music and Art at the age of 10. While enrolled in New York University, she modeled and sang in nightclubs and television In 1954 she had a minor part in the film "Carmen Jones" and she appeared on Broadway in the "House of Flowers" (Truman Capote and Harold Arlen), for which she received a Tony nomination for best supporting actress in a musical. She recorded her first solo album "" in 195?. In 1962 she won a Tony for her performance in the Broadway musical "No Strings" (Richard Rodgers). The original cast album for that show won a Grammy. The sixties also included numerous appearances on televsion, including an Emmy-nominated performance for .... In 1968 she starred in the television situation comedy "Julia", which ran until 1971, when she decided not to renew her contract. She was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress in 1974 for her starring role in the motion picture "Claudine". In 1984 she took a role in the series "Dynasty" and in 1995 she returned to stage in the Canadian production of the musical "Sunset Boulevard" (Andrew Lloyd Webber). [Source: Steven Otfinoski, "African Americans in the Performing Arts". Facts on File, 2003]

From the guide to the Diahann Carroll Collection, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections)

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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 The, Daily Worker, and, The Daily World, Photographs Collection, Bulk, 1930-1990, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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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associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Pro Arte Symphony Orchestra. corporateBody
associatedWith Riggs, Marlon. person
associatedWith Shumlin, Herman, 1898- person
associatedWith Unger, Arthur person
associatedWith Winkler, Harry. person
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Television music--Scores


Birth 1935-07-17




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