Actress Diahann Carroll dead at 84

by WENN October 5th, 2019, 11:14 am


Dynasty star Diahann Carroll has died, aged 84.

The actress lost her battle with cancer on Friday morning.

Carroll enjoyed huge success on stage and TV, making history as the star of Julia and becoming the first African-American actress to lead a primetime series in a non-stereotypical role.

The hit show ran from 1968 to 1971.

She also became the first black actress to win a Best Actress Tony.

But Carroll is perhaps best known internationally for her role as Dominique Deveraux on hit 1980s TV soap Dynasty.

Born Carol Diahann Johnson in 1935, she received a scholarship to attend LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and landed her first big break as part of the all-black cast of the movie version of Carmen Jones in 1954, supporting Dorothy Dandridge. She made Tonys history in 1962 when she claimed the Lead Actress in a Musical honor for her work in No Strings.

As the star of Julia six years later, Carroll added a Golden Globe for Best Newcomer to her awards haul. In 1974, she scored another Golden Globes nod – and an Oscar nomination – for her role in the film Claudine, opposite James Earl Jones.

Her public success was marred by personal dramas – her first marriage to Monte Kay ended due to an affair with Sidney Poitier, her second marriage to Fred Glusman lasted just over a year, and her third husband, Robert DeLeon, died in a car crash in 1977.

Carroll was also married to singer Vic Damone. The couple ended its eight-year marriage in 1996 and Diahann never wed again.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer a year later.