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Diahann Carroll

photo by Carl Van Vechten, 1955
Born Carol Diahann Johnson
July 17, 1935 (1935-07-17) (age 74)
Bronx, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Singer
Years active 1954–present
Spouse(s) Vic Damone (1987-1996)
Robert DeLeon (1975-1977)
Fredde Glusman (1973-1973)
Monte Kay (1956-1963)
Official website

Diahann Carroll (born July 17, 1935) is an American actress and singer. Born in New York City, she attended its LaGuardia High School for performing arts. She appeared in the prestigious African-American themed films, Carmen Jones (1954) and Porgy and Bess (1959). Between 1968 and 1971, Carroll starred in her own television series, Julia, which made her the first African American actress to star in her own television series where she did not play a domestic worker. In 1984, she joined the evening television soap opera series, Dynasty as Dominique Deveraux. She went on to appear in its spinoff, The Colbys, in 1987. She is the recipient of numerous stage and screen awards and nominations. Carroll has been married four times and became the mother of a daughter in 1960. She is a breast cancer survivor and activist.


Early years

Carroll was born Carol Diahann Johnson in The Bronx, New York, to John Johnson and Mabel Faulk.[1] Her family moved to the Harlem neighborhood of New York City when she was an infant. She attended Music & Art High School, along with schoolmate Billy Dee Williams. In the early 50's she attended what was known as the School of Commerce at NYU (now Stern School) where she used to entertain her classmates by singing in the Lassman Hall Student Lounge.[citation needed]


Carroll's film debut was a supporting role in Carmen Jones (1954) as a friend of the sultry lead character. 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, but her character's singing parts were dubbed by opera singer Loulie Jean Norman. 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 television series Julia, 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.[2] Her first Emmy nomination had come in 1963 for Naked City. Some of 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 1984, Carroll joined the nighttime soap opera Dynasty as the jetsetter Dominique Deveraux, half-sister of Blake Carrington played by actor John Forsythe. Her high profile role on Dynasty also reunited her with actor Billy Dee Williams, who briefly played her onscreen husband Brady Lloyd. Carroll remained on the show until 1987, simultaneously making several appearances on its short-lived spinoff, The Colbys.

She received her third Emmy nomination in 1989 for the recurring role of 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 as the crazed silent movie star Norma Desmond in the Canadian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version of the classic film Sunset Boulevard.

In December 2008, Carroll was cast in the pilot for USA Networks's series, White Collar.[3]

Carroll will be featured in UniGlobe Entertainment's breast cancer docudrama entitled, 1 a Minute, scheduled for release in 2010.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6][7]

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



  • 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)
  • Dynasty (cast member from 1984-1987)
  • The Colbys (Recurring Guest Star 1985-1987)
  • From the Dead of Night (1989)
  • A Different World (1989-1993)
  • Murder in Black and White (1990)
  • Sunday in Paris (1991)



  • 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)


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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