The stunning actress broke barriers in Hollywood, starring in 1968's Julia and becoming the first black woman in history to star in her own TV series. She altered her hairstyle and mastered the pilot script, quickly convincing him that she was the right woman.
There was something of me in Dominique, she was a career woman with a daughter and they didn't get along that well.
In films she starred opposite performers like Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman and Michael Caine. In Claudine, she played the titular character who balanced raising six children on her own while on welfare.
In 1962, Carroll became the first Black woman to win a Tony Award for best actress for her role as Barbara Woodruff in the musical No Strings.
Carroll made her Broadway debut at age 19 in the Harold Arlen musical House of Flowers, and though it was short-lived, Carroll's notices brought her substantial attention and led to her first movie role in Carmen Jones.
RIP Diahann Carroll thank you for the gift of your life", said actress and singer Holly Robinson Peete. She was only the fourth black actress to be nominated for the best actress Oscar, for the 1974 romantic drama Claudine. She had been battling the disease since she was first diagnosed in 1997.
She began her career as a model, but a prize from "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" TV show led to nightclub engagements. "Extraordinary life. Thank you, Ms. Carroll". Her other films included 'Goodbye Again, ' "Hurry Sundown, ' "Paris Blues, ' and 'The Split'".
The show, which ran for three seasons and earned her a Golden Globe Award, was a breakthrough for African-American women who were only beginning to make inroads on the small screen at the time.
Richard Rodgers spotted her during one of her frequent singing appearances on Jack Paar's Tonight Show and chose to compose a Broadway musical for her.
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"One of my cast members told me that I resemble a young Diahann carol", said Hudson.
She also returned to her roots in nightclubs.
She also appeared on "Grey's Anatomy" in 2006. She also famously dated talk show host David Frost for several years.
She was married four times: to record producer Monte Kay from 1956 to 1963 during which time they had a daughter, Suzanne; briefly to Las Vegas boutique owner Fred Glusman in 1973; to Jet magazine managing editor Robert DeLeon from 1975 until his death two years later in a auto crash; and to singer Vic Damone from 1987 to 1996.
"I really didn't believe that this was a show that was going to work", she said of "Julia". Survivors include a daughter, Suzanne Kay, a journalist and screenwriter, and two grandchildren, August and Sydney.