Carroll, Diahann (1935–)

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Carroll, Diahann (1935–)

African-American actress and singer. Born Carol Diahann Johnson, July 17, 1935, in the Bronx, NY; m. Monte Kay (div.); m. Fredde Glusman, 1973 (div. 1973); m. Robert DeLeon, 1975 (died 1977); m. Vic Damone (singer), 1987 (div. 1996); children: Suzanne Kay (media journalist).

Made Broadway debut in House of Flowers (1954); made film debut as Myrt in Carmen Jones (1954), followed by Porgy and Bess, Goodbye Again, Paris Blues, Hurry Sundown, The Five Heartbeats and Eve's Bayou, among others; on tv, starred on "Julia" (1968–71), "The Diahann Carroll Show" (1976), "Roots" (1979), "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" (1979), "Sister, Sister" (1982), "Dynasty" (1984–87), "The Colbys" (1985–86), "Lonesome Dove" (1994), "The Court" (2002), and many more. Won Tony Award for performance in No Strings (1962); nominated for Oscar for Claudine (1974).

See also autobiography, Diahann.

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