Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series as “Julia,” has died of Cancer. She was 84.
Carroll’s daughter, Susan Kay, told The Associated Press her mother died Friday in Los Angeles of cancer.
“Carroll was a consummate entertainer and beloved icon whose career spanned nearly seven decades,” said her daughter, Suzanne Kay, in a statement. “She paved the way for many and never allowed anyone to limit or define her.”
Waves of condolences flood social media from Hollywood Stars:
Carroll was the star of “Julia” which ran for 86 episodes on NBC between 1968 and 1971. The Iconic Actress played a nurse named Julia Baker who was raising a young son on her own following the death of her serviceman husband in the Vietnam War
She won a Tony Award, in 1962 for the best actress in a musical, for “No Strings.”
Carroll was nominated for the 1974 Oscar for best actress, for her work in “Claudine.” The top honor that year went to Ellen Burstyn for “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.”
She’s survived by her daughter Kay and grandchildren, August and Sydney.