The actress Diahann Carroll of the 1968 hit movies 'julia' and 'Dynasty' has been confirmed dead by her daughter Suzanne Kay. The actress has been battling with breast cancer and kicked the bucket early Friday.
Her progress in the movie industry has been top notch as she took up many roles, significantly her role in Julia", being the first African American woman to star in a network sitcom, which was not centered on being stereotypical.
Her success story began at the age of 16, when she adopted the name Diahann Carroll and won an audition for the Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts television show, which opened doors to radio performances, modelling and singing.
Diahann Carroll made hit the Broadway in 1954 in the musical "The House of Flowers," which also starred Pearl Bailey and Juanita Hall, and that same year appeared in her first film, the now classic "Carmen Jones," starring Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge. She also performed and released several albums of which included "Diahann Carroll Sings Harold Arlen" (1957), "Diahann Carroll and Andre Previn "(1960) and "The Fabulous Diahann Carroll (1962)."
Carroll also became the first African-American woman to win a Tony for best actress for her role as Barbara Woodruff in the 1962 musical "No Strings", and received an Oscar nomination for the 1974 movie "Claudine," in which she starred opposite James Earl Jones.
Carroll is survived by her daughter and her grandchildren, August and Sydney
Carroll was indeed a star to behold. Rest on ma'am.