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.
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. ❤️”
Check out more reactions below:
Thank you for paving the way… RIP Diahann Carroll 🖤 pic.twitter.com/pXak8Z6L9A
— Brytni (@_Brytni) October 5, 2019
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) October 5, 2019
Finally found this picture! I was so honored when @ava asked me to interview the phenomenal Diahann Carroll for her #Array series at @TheBroad! She was just a delight. We watched ‘Julia’ and she talked about her incredible career. What a legacy she had left behind. RIP. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/dzXavpHoDq
— Shaun Robinson (@shaunrobinson) October 4, 2019
The power and impact of Diahann Carroll is immeasurable. She escorted the tv drama into the 20th century. Her Julia Baker is queen mother to Olivia Pope's existence. Her Dominque Devereux is fairy godmother to Olivia's style. Because of her, I could. A hero has gone to glory. pic.twitter.com/dWvHde1b9f
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) October 4, 2019
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) October 4, 2019
This article, material and any other digital content on this website may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in part or in whole without prior express written permission from NOLLYWOODALIVE.