Diahann Carroll

Actor and Singer
Born Jul 17, 1935

Diahann Carroll is an American actress and singer. Having appeared in some of the earliest major studio films to feature black casts such as Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess, she starred in 1968's Julia, one of the first series on American television to star a black woman in a non-stereotypical role. Later she created the role of Dominique Deveraux on the popular prime time soap opera, Dynasty.… Read More

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1935 Birth Born on July 17, 1935.


1954 18 Years Old On the show which aired January 8, 1954, Carroll took the $1,000 top prize for her rendition of the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein song, "Why Was I Born? … Read More


1959 23 Years Old In 1959, she played Clara in the film version of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, but her character's singing parts were dubbed by opera singer Loulie Jean Norman.
1960 24 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Carroll has been married four times and became the mother of a daughter in 1960. … Read More
1961 25 Years Old She starred with Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, and Joanne Woodward in the 1961 film Paris Blues.
1962 26 Years Old In 1962, she won the Tony Award for best actress (a first for a black woman) for the role of Barbara Woodruff in the Samuel A. Taylor and Richard Rodgers musical No Strings. … Read More


1968 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Carroll is known for her title role in the 1968 television series Julia, which made her the first African American actress to star in her own television series where she did not play a domestic worker.
1975 39 Years Old …  In 1975, she married Robert DeLeon, a managing editor of Jet. … Read More


1984 48 Years Old In 1984, Carroll joined the nighttime soap opera Dynasty as the jetsetter Dominique Deveraux, half-sister of Blake Carrington. … Read More


1987 51 Years Old 1 More Event
Carroll remained on the show until 1987, simultaneously making several appearances on its short-lived spin-off, The Colbys.
1989 53 Years Old She received her third Emmy nomination in 1989 for the recurring role of Marion Gilbert in A Different World. … Read More
1991 55 Years Old The union, which Carroll admitted was turbulent, had a legal separation in 1991, reconciliation, and divorce in 1996. … Read More


1995 - 1996 2 More Events
2001 66 Years Old In 2001, Carroll made her animation début in The Legend of Tarzan, in which she voiced Queen La, an evil sorceress and ruler of the ancient city of Opar.
2006 71 Years Old In 2006, she appeared in the television medical drama Grey's Anatomy as Jane Burke, the demanding mother of Dr. Preston Burke.
2008 73 Years Old In December 2008, Carroll was cast in USA Network’s series White Collar as June, the savvy widow who rents out her guest room to Neal Caffrey.
2010 75 Years Old In 2010, Carroll was featured in UniGlobe Entertainment's breast cancer docudrama entitled, 1 a Minute, and appeared as Nana in two Lifetime movies: At Risk and The Front, movie adaptations of two Patricia Cornwell novels.
2013 78 Years Old Diahann Carroll was present on stage for the 2013 Emmy Awards, to briefly speak about her retrospective of being the first African American nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.
2014 79 Years Old Carroll was scheduled to return to the Broadway stage in the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun as Mama, but withdrew prior to opening citing the demands of the rehearsal and performance schedule. … Read More
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