Diahann Carroll Bio – Diahann Carroll Wiki
Diahann Carroll born Carol Diahann Johnson, was an American actress, singer and model. Carroll was born Carol Diahann Johnson in the Bronx, New York, on July 17, 1935. She quickly took to music by singing in church. At 10, she received the Metropolitan Opera scholarship at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art. At 16, she changed her name for a talent scout audition.
Her first film role came as part of the all-black cast of “Carmen Jones” in 1954. She played Myrt, a chorus member and supporting star to Dorothy Dandridge. In 1962, she broke a racial barrier when she became the first black woman to win a Tony Award for lead actress in a musical for her work in the production of “No Strings.”
In 1968, she made history again when she became the first black woman to land her own television sitcom where the character wasn’t a domestic worker. Carroll starred in “Julia” as a nurse and widow struggling to make ends meet. The role earned her a Golden Globe for “Best Newcomer” and an Emmy nomination. The show ended after two seasons.
Then in 1974, Carroll starred in the film “Claudine” opposite James Earl Jones. It followed a Harlem mother of six, played by Carroll, and earned the actors Golden Globe nominations and Carroll an Academy Award nod.
In the 1980s, Carroll’s star power hit new levels as “the first black bitch on television” as Dominique Deveraux in the soap opera “Dynasty.” Deveraux, of course, was the nemesis of Joan Collins’ character, Alexis Carrington Colby, for 74 episodes. Amid the big hair, over-the-top fashion and catfights, fans adored Deveraux and her sharp tongue. Years later, she would earn a whole new audience as Whitley Gilbert’s fussy and rich mother, Marion Gilbert, on the wildly popular college show “A Different World.”
Diahann Carroll Age
She was born on July 17, 1935 in New York City, United States. She died on October 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. She was 84 years old.
Diahann Carroll Husband
Carroll was married four times. Her first marriage was to record producer Monte Kay in 1956. The marriage produced a daughter, Suzanne Kay Bamford. It ended in divorce in 1962.
In 1973, Carroll married Las Vegas boutique owner Fred Glusman. Several weeks later, she filed for divorce, charging Glusman with physical abuse. 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 marriage had a legal separation in 1991, reconciliation, and divorce in 1996.
Diahann Carroll Daughter – Diahann Carroll Children
Diahann Carroll’s daughter Suzanne Kay, was born on September 9, 1960. She is a freelance media journalist. She is survived by her daughter and grandchildren August and Sydney.
Diahann Carroll Family
Her father was a subway conductor and her mother a homemaker.
Diahann Carroll Death
Carroll died on October 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Carroll’s daughter, Susan Kay, confirmed to the Associated Press that her mother died in Los Angeles of cancer.
Diahann Carroll Cause of Death – How Did Diahann Carroll Die
Diahann Carroll’s cause of death was cancer.
Diahann Carroll Net Worth
Diahann Carroll’s net worth is estimated to be $28 million.
Diahann Carroll Height
She stood at a height of 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m).