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Carroll, Diahann (1935–)

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CARROLL, DIAHANN (1935–). Actress, singer. As the first African American actress to star in a network television series, Diahann Carroll’s career has also included film, stage, and nightclub performances. She was born in the Bronx , New York , and sang in the church choir as a child. At the age of 10, she won a scholarship from the Metropolitan Opera. She attended the High School of Music and Art, and later enrolled at New York University as a sociology student. After winning a television talent show, entertainment became her career focus. One of her first stage roles was in House of Flowers in 1954, and she later won a Tony Award for her performance in No Strings on Broadway, and made her big-screen debut in Carmen Jones , 1954. Other film roles include Porgy and Bess , 1959, with Dorothy Dandridge ; and Paris Blues , 1961, with Sydney Poitier. Carroll landed the groundbreaking lead role in the 1960s television series Julia , and later portrayed the title role in Claudine , 1974, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. On television, she has been featured in the dramatic series Dynasty , and on the sitcom A Different World . She was a 1976 inductee into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.

Filmography: Carmen Jones , 1954; Porgy and Bess , 1959; Goodbye Again , 1961; Paris Blues , 1961; Hurry Sundown , 1967; The Split , 1968; Claudine , 1974.

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