Diahann Carroll

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Carol Diann Johnson
  • Birth Place: Bronx, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 07/17/1935, Cancer
  • Profession: Actor; Singer
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Diahann Carroll Fast Facts:
  • Worked as a model and nightclub singer as a teenager.
  • Dropped out of college in 1954 and made her Broadway (House of Flowers) and film (Carmen Jones) debuts that same year.
  • Began releasing albums in the late 1950s. 
  • Became the first black actress to win a Tony award for best actress (No Strings in 1962), star in a TV series (Julia in 1968) and host a variety show (The Diahann Carroll Show in 1976).
  • Portrayed Dominique Devereaux in Dynasty and its spin-off, The Colbys, in the 1980s. 
  • Starred as the iconic Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version of Sunset Boulevard.
  • Launched a line of wigs, clothing and accessories in 1997.
  • Is a breast-cancer survivor. 
  • Played recurring character Jane Burke on Grey's Anatomy.
  • Released an autobiography (Diahann!) in 1986 and a memoir (The Legs Are the Last to Go: Aging, Acting, Marrying, and Other Things I Learned the Hard Way) in 2008. 
  • Diahann Carroll Relationships:
  • Monte Kay - Ex-husband
  • Robert DeLeon - Ex-husband
  • Sidney Poitier - Ex-fiancé
  • Freddie Glusman - Ex-husband
  • Vic Damone - Ex-husband
  • Suzanne Kay Bamford - Daughter
  • John Johnson - Father
  • Mabel Faulk Johnson - Mother
  • David Frost - Ex-fiancé
  • Diahann Carroll Awards:
  • 1969 Golden Globe: Actress in a Television Series - Winner
  • 1963 Emmy: Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1962 Tony: Actress (Musical) - Winner
  • 1969 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1989 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1975 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1970 Golden Globe: Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1974 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended New York University, New York, NY

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