Carroll, Diahann

Carroll, Diahann

(1935–  ) actress, singer; born in New York City. A nightclub singer and model, once married to Vic Damone, she first appeared on Broadway in The House of Flowers (1954), working in films during the 1950s as well. Star of No Strings (1962), she appeared in the movie I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1979). When she appeared in Julia (1968–71) and Dynasty (1984–87) she was the first African-American woman to star in her own television series.
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