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We lost another legend… Diahann Carroll passed away on Oct. 4, 2019 at the age of 84 due to complications of breast cancer.

She was a groundbreaking and legendary actor, singer and class act… here are some of her accomplishments…


  • The turning point in her life came when she participated on the Dumont Television Network Program ‘Chance of a Lifetime’ in 1954. She was the winner of this show for four weeks. Due to her popularity in this program, she got job offers from Manhattan’s Cafe Society and Latin Quarter nightclubs.

  • In 1954, she made her film debut with ‘Carmen Jones’ in a supporting role. Later, she featured in the ‘House of Flowers’, a Broadway musical by Harold Arlen and Truman Capote.

  • In 1959, she portrayed the character of Clara in the film version of George Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess’.

  • In the year 1960, she made a guest appearance in ‘Peter Gunn’, a television series. After making appearances on a number of shows, she acted in the night-time soap opera ‘Dynasty’ in which she played the role of Dominique Deveraux from 1984 to 1987.

  • Later, she appeared in ‘The Colbys’, an American soap opera and acted in television sitcom ‘A Different World’. She was nominated for Emmy award in 1989, for her performance in ‘A Different World’.

  • She proved her acting prowess as a popular silent movie star Norma Desmond in the film ‘Sunset Boulevard’. In 2008, she appeared as June in ‘White Collar’, a television series.
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    • In 1961, she portrayed the role of Connie Lampson in the film ‘Paris Blues’. This film is based on Harold Flender’s novel and deals with racism in America.

    • Her acting in television series ‘Julia’, an American sitcom of 1968, earned her fame as an actress. In ‘Julia’, she played the character of an African American woman in a non-stereotypical role. The NBC broadcast its 86 episodes from the month of September.

    • In 1991, she played the role of an ideal wife Eleanor Potter in ‘The Five Heartbeats’, a musical drama. Directed by Robert Townsend, this musical deals with the rise and fall of Motown, a record company.