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Oscar-nominated actress Diahann Carroll died today at her home in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer. She was 84.

Carroll won a Tony Award for  the musical “No Strings” and an Academy Award nomination for “Claudine.”


Carroll was the first Black woman to have her own television show portraying someone other than a servant. The hit show “Julia” aired from 1968 to 1971 and featured Carroll as an nurse and mother who had suddenly become a widow when her husband died in Vietnam. She received an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe for her work on the show.

Carroll was a fan of the show “Dynasty” and approached creator Aaron Spelling about a role, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Carroll told People “They’ve done everything [on the show]. They’ve done incest, homosexuality, murder. I think they’re slowly inching their way toward interracial. I want to be wealthy and ruthless … I want to be the first black bitch on television.”

And this is how Dominique Deveraux was born.


Diahann Carroll is survived by  her daughter and her grandchildren, August and Sydney.



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