Diahann Carroll Wiki, Biography
Diahann Carroll Full name Carol Diahann Johnson was an American actress, singer, and model. She rose to stardom in performances in some of the earliest major studio films to feature black casts, including Carmen Jones in 1954 and Porgy and Bess in 1959. In 1962, Carroll won a Tony Award for best actress, a first for a black woman, for her role in the Broadway musical No Strings. Carroll was the recipient of numerous stage and screen nominations and awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress In A Television Series in 1968. She received an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination for the 1974 film Claudine. She was also a breast cancer survivor and activist.
Breaking: Diahann Carroll Passed Away
Diahann Carroll, who more than half a century ago transcended racial barriers as the star of “Julia,” the first American television series to chronicle the life of a black professional woman, died on Friday in Los Angeles. She was 84.
Breaking News: The actress Diahann Carroll has died at 84. She transcended racial barriers on “Julia,” the first U.S. TV series about a black professional woman. https://t.co/ntW18nqebT
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 4, 2019
Diahann Carroll’s cause of death was cancer, her daughter Suzanne said, The Associated Press reported.
Diahann Carroll Age
Her age was 84 at the time of death (July 17, 1935 – October 4, 2019)
Diahann Carroll Cause of death
Carroll was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. She says the diagnosis “stunned” her because there was no family history of breast cancer and she had always had a healthy lifestyle. She underwent nine weeks of radiation therapy and has been clear since. She frequently speaks on the need for early detection and prevention of the disease. Carroll died of cancer on October 4, 2019, in Los Angeles.
Diahann Carroll Early Life, Parents, School Education
Diahann Carroll was born in the Bronx, New York, to John Johnson, of Aiken, South Carolina, and Mabel (Faulk), of Bladenboro, North Carolina. When Carroll was an infant, the family moved to Harlem, where she grew up. She attended Music and Art High School and was a classmate of Billy Dee Williams. In many interviews about her childhood, Diahann Carroll recalls her parents’ support, enrolling her in dance, singing, and modeling classes. By the time Carroll was 15, she was modeling for Ebony. After graduating from high school, she attended New York University, majoring in sociology.
Diahann Carroll Career
Her 1968 debut in Julia, the first series on American television to star a black woman in a nonstereotypical role, was a milestone both in her career and the medium. In the 1980s she played the role of a mixed-race diva in the primetime soap opera Dynasty.
Diahann Carroll got her big break at 18, when she appeared as a contestant on the Dumont Television Network program, Chance of a Lifetime, hosted by Dennis James. On the show, which aired January 8, 1954, she took the $1,000 top prize for a rendition of the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein song, “Why Was I Born?” She went on to win the following four weeks. Engagements at Manhattan’s Café Society and Latin Quarter nightclubs soon followed.
Diahann Carroll Popular Shows
Popular with both black and white viewers, “Julia” in its first season reached No. 7 in the Nielsen ratings, the highest position it attained in its three seasons on the air. Reviewing the show in The New York Times, Jack Gould noted its penchant, then par for Hollywood’s course, for “tiptoeing around anything too controversial.” However, he added: “At all events, the breaking of the color line in TV stardom on a regular weekly basis should be salutary.”
1. Diahann Carroll 1st Married to Monte Kay
Carroll was married four times, first to record producer Monte Kay in 1956. Her father boycotted the wedding ceremony, presided by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. The marriage ended in 1962
2. Diahann Carroll nine-year affair with married actor Sidney Poitier
The union produced a daughter, Suzanne Kay Bamford (born September 9, 1960), who became a freelance media journalist. In 1959, Carroll began a nine-year affair with married actor Sidney Poitier. She claims that Poitier persuaded her to divorce her husband and he would leave his wife to be with her. When Carroll got her divorce, Poitier didn’t keep up his end of the bargain, yet the relationship continued until 1968.
3. David Frost 3rd Marriage
Carroll dated and was engaged to British television host and producer David Frost from 1970 until 1973. In 1973, Carroll surprised the press by marrying Las Vegas boutique owner Fred Glusman. Several weeks later, she filed for divorce, charging Glusman with physical abuse.
4. Diahann Carroll 4th Marriage with Robert DeLeon
In 1975, Carroll married Robert DeLeon, a managing editor of Jet. She was widowed two years later when DeLeon was killed in a car crash. Carroll’s fourth marriage was to singer Vic Damone in 1987. The union, which Carroll admitted was turbulent, had a legal separation in 1991, reconciliation, and divorce in 1996.