RIP Diahann Carroll: First Black Actress To Get TV Show Dies

Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll might not be a name known to everyone, but you can be sure that everyone has in one way or the other felt her impact.

The actress died at the age of 84 after a long battle with cancer.

She was the first African-American to star in her own TV series and she paved the way for many others in the industry.

Suzanne Kay, her daughter, broke the news releasing a short statement where she said: ‘We are sad to say goodbye to a true icon, Diahann Carroll, the Tony Awards shared on Twitter. ‘The first African-American Tony winner in a leading role, winning for her performance in No Strings in 1962. #DiahannCarroll’

She is an award winner with a Tony Award for the musical ‘No Strings’ and an Academy Award nomination for ‘Claudine’

Carroll was married 4 times and had 4 children.

She was celebrated on Twitter with comedian Solomon Georgio saying: “I was 5 years old when I saw Diahann Carroll claim in an interview that she wanted to be the first black bitch on television. That was the moment I knew I was gay and a black bitch.”

American singer Lesidi paid tribute saying: “You crushed all the boxes, crossed all the lines,using ur talent, beauty and intellect with such class. Claudine will always be my favorite. You are forever an inspiration. Thank you for your many sacrifices and subtle not so subtle rebellion.Praying 4 Ur family.”

Olivia Munn also chimed in saying: “What an incredible talent and force. Thank you for all you brought to the world #DiahannCarroll. You helped pave the road for so many people and we are eternally grateful to you. Rest in love. ❤️”

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