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Diahann Carroll

The Womens Conference

How She Empowers Others

Over her long career, Diahann Carroll has distinguished herself as a singer and as an actress on screen, television and the stage. The Bronx-born Carroll began modeling and singing in nightclubs in New York City at an early age, which led her to Broadway in 1954, when she debuted in House of Flowers. That year she also made her film debut in Carmen Jones. In 1962, Carroll earned a Tony Award for starring in the Broadway production of No Strings (a first for a black woman). She made her mark on television in 1968 when she was cast in the title role of the pioneering sitcom Julia, the first television series to star a black actress. In 1974, Carroll received an Oscar nomination for Claudine and played a leading role on the long-running television series, Dynasty. In addition to appearing in films, Carroll has continued to perform on television (most recently an Emmy-nominated guest role on Grey's Anatomy) and the stage.