Why We Need To Know Diahann Carroll

For another installment of #28in28, the spotlight turns to Diahann Carroll.

While some of you may recognize as the beloved June in USA’s White Collar or Dr. Preston Burke’s mother on Grey’s Anatomy; Diahann Carroll has been making waves since 1954.

Diahann Carroll has found success in television, film and theatre. She made her film debut in a supporting rule in the 1954 film, Carmen Jones. The same year she starred in the Broadway musical, House of Flowers. In 1962, she made history when she won the Tony Award for best actress, the first for a black woman, for the role of Barbara Woodruff in the musical No Strings.

However, she is probably most known for her title role in the 1968 television series, Julia. This made her the first African American actress to star in her own television series where she did not play a domestic role. The next person to complete such a feat? Kerry Washington in ABC’s Scandal. For her role in Julia, she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series in 1968.

As someone who may or may not have bought DVD’s of the soap opera Dynasty, (what can I say? I love my soaps!), it would be remiss of me not to mention that she played Dominique Devereaux for three years on the popular show.

At 79 years old, Diahann Carroll is an actress and singer who has had a successful career for over 60 years. She currently shows no signs of slowing down and continues to give us work that we can appreciate.

Diahann Carroll on White Collar. Photo courtesy of USA.
Diahann Carroll on White Collar.
Photo courtesy of USA.

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