Diahann Carroll

Actor, Singer, Model
A consummate and multi-award-winning performer on film, television, record and stage, Diahann Carroll's life was marked by a series of landmark achievements for black talent, and in particular, black female ... Read more »
Born: 07/17/1935 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (112)

Light Girls 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Herself

Oprah's Master Class: Civil Rights Special 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Masked Saint 2014 (Movie)

Miss Edna (Actor)

Peeples 2013 (Movie)

Nana Peeples (Actor)

The 44th NAACP Image Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 43rd NAACP Image Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Patricia Cornwell's At Risk 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Patricia Cornwell's The Front 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Sing Your Song 2010 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

A Different World 1988 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ellen 1988 - 1993, 1995 - 1998, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Evening Shade 1988 - 1998, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Private Practice 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oprah Winfrey's Legends' Ball 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land: Tickled Pink 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Food 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

TV's Most Memorable Weddings 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th NAACP Image Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's The Legend of Tarzan 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Dynasty: The E! True Hollywood Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC 75th Anniversary Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Court 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Sammy Davis Jr.: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ninth Annual Trumpet Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Twice in a Lifetime 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dorothy Dandridge: Little Girl Lost 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Stars Over Mississippi, With Prince Edward 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

An All Star Party For Aaron Spelling 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Porgy and Bess: An American Voice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th NAACP Image Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Eve's Bayou 1997 (Movie)

Elzora (Actor)

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jirimpimbira: An African Folk Tale 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Third Annual Trumpet Awards Ceremony 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sinbad Show 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Color Adjustment 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

A Capitol Fourth (1991) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrate the Soul of American Music 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sunday in Paris 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Five Heartbeats 1991 (Movie)

Eleanor Potter (Actor)

Christmas in Washington 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Dynasty 1980 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Tribute to Bob Hope 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Golden Globe Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World's 15th Birthday Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's All-Star Super Bowl Party 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns' 90th Birthday Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's Comedy Salute To the Soaps 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns' How to Live to Be 100 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (05/29/85) 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Washington 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Sister, Sister 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Special: Hope, Women and Song 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Telly... Who Loves Ya, Baby? 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Diahann Carroll Show 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Flip Wilson Special 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Claudine 1974 (Movie)

Claudine (Actor)

Hotel 90 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Lemmon -- Get Happy 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

20th Century Follies 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Julia 1968 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Anthony Newley Show 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Diahann Carroll Show 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Movin' 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Goulet Show Starring Robert Goulet 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Split 1968 (Movie)

Ellie (Actor)

ABC Stage '67 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Hurry Sundown 1967 (Movie)

Vivian Thurlow (Actor)

On Parade 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

Goodbye Again 1961 (Movie)

Singer (Actor)

Paris Blues 1961 (Movie)

Connie Lampson (Actor)

Porgy and Bess 1958 (Movie)

Clara (Actor)

Carmen Jones 1954 (Movie)

Myrt (Actor)

Death Scream (TV Show)

Actor

From the Dead of Night (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie's Back! (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in Black & White (TV Show)

Actor

Roots: The Next Generations (TV Show)

Actor

The Courage to Love (TV Show)

Actor

The March (TV Show)

Actor

The Sweetest Gift (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A consummate and multi-award-winning performer on film, television, record and stage, Diahann Carroll's life was marked by a series of landmark achievements for black talent, and in particular, black female talent, for over 40 years. She was the first African-American woman to win a Tony for her turn in 1961's "No Strings;" four years later, she made history again with "Julia" (NBC, 1968-1971), the first series to star a black woman in a role other than a domestic servant. She was also the first African-American performer to replace a white actress in a Broadway play with "Agnes of God" in 1983 and the first to play Norma Desmond in the musical version of "Sunset Blvd." Along the way, there were countless honors for her work in television and film, as well as critically acclaimed nightclub appearances and a best-selling autobiography in 2008. Carroll's legendary body of work in nearly every entertainment medium proved her to be among the most acclaimed and more importantly, historically significant African-American entertainers in modern history.

Relationships

Vic Damone Actor

Husband
Began dating 1979 Married Jan. 3, 1987 Couple's union was turbulent and they underwent a legal separation 1991 Reconciled before eventually divorcing Sept. 12, 1996

Robert DeLeon

Husband
Managing editor of JET magazine; 15 years her junior Married May 25, 1975 until his death from an automobile accident March 31, 1977

David Frost

Companion
Dated for three years in the early 1970s until she surprised everyone by marring Fred Glusman in 1973, while she was still engaged to Frost

Fredrick Glusman

Husband
Surprised media by marrying Feb. 21 1973, since at the time Carroll had been engaged to British television host and producer David Frost Filed for divorce from Glusman after several weeks, charging physical abuse Divorced July 20, 1973

Frank Johnson

Father

Mabel Johnson

Mother
Worked with special needs children

Monte Kay Executive Producer

Husband
Married Feb. 26, 1956 Divorced Jan. 14, 1963

Suzanne Ottilie

Daughter
Born Sept. 9, 1960 father, Monte Kay

Sidney Poitier Actor

Companion
Had a long-term and much publicized private affair, which began after they starred together in "Paris Blues" (1961); Poitier was married at the time to Joanna Shimkus

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York
Left after one year to appear in "Carmen Jones" (1954)

High School of Music & Art

New York , New York
Received a 1945 scholarship from Metropolitan Opera to attend; classmates with Billy Dee Williams

Studied acting with Lee Strasberg

Milestones

2006

Cast in a recurring role as the demanding mother of Dr. Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington) on "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC); received an Emmy nomination in 2008 for Guest Actress in a Drama

2003

Has a recurring role as Aunt Ruthie on the Showtime series, "Soul Food"

2000

Played Natalie Cole's mother in the NBC biopic "The Natalie Cole Story"

1999

Co-starred as Sadie Delaney in the CBS TV-movie "Having Our Say"

1998

Acted in the Showtime movie, "The Sweetest Gift"

1997

Appeared as a voodoo priestess in "Eve's Bayou" starring Samuel L Jackson and Lynn Whitfield

1995

Starred in the Toronto production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard" (first and only African-American to play the lead role of Norma Desmond)

1991

Returned to features in Robert Townsend's "The Five Heartbeats"

1988

Cast in a recurring role as Marion Gilbert in "A Different World"; received an Emmy nomination in 1989

1985

Reprised the role of Dominique Deveraux for the "Dynasty" spin-off "The Colbys" (ABC)

1984

Joined the cast of the popular prime-time soap "Dynasty" (ABC) as Dominique Deveraux, the half-sister of Blake Carrington (John Forsythe)

1983

Returned to Broadway to star in "Agnes of God"; replaced actress, Elizabeth Ashley

1982

Re-teamed with director John Berry for "Sister, Sister," an NBC TV movie scripted by Maya Angelou

1976

Headlined the short-lived CBS variety series, "The Diahann Carroll Show"

1974

Received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for John Berry's "Claudine"

1968

Starred in own NBC TV series, "Julia" (was the second African American actress to star in her own series); nominated for an Emmy Award in 1969

1967

Third film with director Otto Preminger, "Hurry Sundown"

1962

Won a Tony Award for her role in "No Strings"; was the only musical for which Richard Rodgers wrote both the music and lyrics

1961

Acted opposite Poitier in Martin Ritt's "Paris Blues"; also starred Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

1959

Portrayed Clara in Preminger's "Porgy and Bess," starring Sidney Poitier as Porgy and Dandridge as Bess; Pearl Bailey also starred

1954

Broadway debut as the virginal protege of a brothel owner (played by Pearl Bailey) in the Harold Arlen-Truman Capote musical "House of Flowers"

1954

Screen debut opposite Dorothy Dandridge as the femme fatale in Otto Preminger's all-black, updated movie version of "Carmen"

1953

Won another TV talent show appearance which earned her a week's engagement at the Latin Quarter nightclub

1944

Won a scholarship from the Metropolitan Opera at age 10

1940

Began singing at age 6 with her Harlem church choir

Toured with Lou Walters' "Jazz Revue"

Modeled for Johnson Publications

Toured the USA in a concert tour featuring the music of Lerner and Loewe

Auditioned for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts show using the more exotic sounding name of Diahann Carroll

Bonus Trivia

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In May 1998, Carroll announced she had been successfully treated for breast cancer.

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