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 after a long bout with cancer. She was 84.
She was perhaps best known for her pioneering work on ‘Julia.’ Carroll played Julia Baker, a nurse whose husband had been killed in Vietnam, in the groundbreaking situation comedy that aired from 1968 to 1971.
NBC executives were wary about putting ‘Julia’ on the network during the racial unrest of the 1960s, but it was an immediate hit. She was a Best Actress Oscar nominee in 1975 for “Claudine”.
In her 1998 memoir ‘Diahann,’ Carroll traced her turbulent romantic life, which included liaisons with Harry Belafonte, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., Sidney Poitier and David Frost. She even became engaged to Frost, but the engagement was canceled.
Her most celebrated marriage was in 1987, to singer Vic Damone, and the two appeared together in nightclubs. But they separated in 1991 and divorced several years later.
(Source and Image: Daily Mail)