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Diahann Carroll

 
Date Of Birth:
July 17, 1935 (87)
Birth Place:
Bronx, NY, USA
Bio:
Carroll was a Broadway stage veteran starring on Broadway in Agnes of God, House of Flowers, and No Strings, the latter of which earned her a Tony Award, the first given to a black woman for best actress in a lead role of a musical. Carroll was best known for starring as Julia Baker, a widowed ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: July 17, 1935 (87)

Birth Place: Bronx, NY, USA

Bio:
Carroll was a Broadway stage veteran starring on Broadway in Agnes of God, House of Flowers, and No Strings, the latter of which earned her a Tony Award, the first given to a black woman for best actress in a lead role of a musical. Carroll was best known for starring as Julia Baker, a widowed ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]
  [Canada]
Toronto Production, 1995
Norma Desmond
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1982
Doctor Martha Livingstone [Replacement]
  [New York]
Original New York Production, 1979
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1962
Barbara Woodruff
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1954
Ottilie (alias Violet)
Ottilie alias Violet

Diahann Carroll Biography

Carroll was a Broadway stage veteran starring on Broadway in Agnes of God, House of Flowers, and No Strings, the latter of which earned her a Tony Award, the first given to a black woman for best actress in a lead role of a musical.

Carroll was best known for starring as Julia Baker, a widowed nurse raising a young son, on the comedy Julia, becoming the first African-American female to star in a non-stereotypical role in her own primetime network series. Carroll received an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe for her role on the series.

Carroll also starred in three seasons of ABC's Dynasty and its spinoff The Colbys.

In 1959, Carroll was cast to play Clara in Preminger and Rouben Mamoulian's movie adaptation of Porgy and Bess, but her voice was considered too low for her character's Summertime number, so another singer dubbed for her.


Carroll starred alongside James Earl Jones in the 1974 film Claudine, playing a Harlem woman on welfare who raises six children on her own and falls for a garbage collector (Jones).

Carroll recently had recurring roles as Jasmine Guy's mother on NBC's A Different World, as Isaiah Washington's mom on ABC's Grey's Anatomy and as a Park Avenue widow on USA's White Collar. She also appeared in such films as Eve's Bayou (1997) and on stage as Norman Desmond in a musical version of Sunset Blvd.

She was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2011.

Diahann Carroll Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 1962 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Diahann Carroll, No Strings
 
Tony Awards - 1962 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Diahann Carroll, No Strings

Diahann Carroll News

Interview: Sheldon Epps of MY OWN DIRECTIONS: A BLACK MAN'S JOURNEY IN THE AMERICAN T Photo Interview: Sheldon Epps of MY OWN DIRECTIONS: A BLACK MAN'S JOURNEY IN THE AMERICAN THEATRE Recounts the Highs & Lows of His Amazing Career
by Jim Munson - Nov 17, 2022

BroadwayWorld talks to Sheldon Epps about his new memoir 'My Own Directions: A Black Man's Journey in the American Theatre' that recounts his struggles and successes leading the Pasadena Playhouse for two decades and directing the Tony-nominated musicals 'Blues in the Night' and 'Play On!' on Broadway and beyond.

Ashley Blanchet, Graham Rowat, Analise Scarpaci, Gavin Lee & More to Star in THE SOUN Photo Ashley Blanchet, Graham Rowat, Analise Scarpaci, Gavin Lee & More to Star in THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Paper Mill Playhouse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 19, 2022

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced casting for The Sound of Music, directed by Mark S. Hoebee. The production will feature Ashley Blanchet (Paper Mill’s Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Broadway’s Waitress) as Maria Rainer, and Graham Rowat (Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen, Sunset Boulevard) as Captain Georg von Trapp.

Review: AUDRA MCDONALD IN CONCERT, The London Palladium Photo Review: AUDRA MCDONALD IN CONCERT, The London Palladium
by Cindy Marcolina - Sep 26, 2022

Audra McDonald’s name sits right at the centre of the Broadway firmament. A record-breaking performer among the queens of musicals, her cup of talent certainly runneth over.

Review: Amy Beth Williams In GREAT LADIES, GREAT SONGS at Don't Tell Mama Is Must-See Photo Review: Amy Beth Williams In GREAT LADIES, GREAT SONGS at Don't Tell Mama Is Must-See Cabaret
by Stephen Mosher - Sep 22, 2022

GREAT LADIES, GREAT SONGS at Don't Tell Mama is proof-positive of why Amy Beth Williams has had the longevity she has, and why she has all the awards she has. Get your seat now.

Review: KINKY BOOTS at Kalita Humphreys Theater Photo Review: KINKY BOOTS at Kalita Humphreys Theater
by Buster Spiller - Jul 31, 2022

Uptown Players delivers a ROUSING production of the Award-Winning musical Kinky Boots!

World Channel Celebrates Juneteenth With 19 Films Photo World Channel Celebrates Juneteenth With 19 Films
by Michael Major - Jun 14, 2022

Selections from its curated playlist by noted filmmakers including Stanley Nelson, Ken Burns, Michèle Stephenson, Joe Brewster, Sam Pollard and Yoruba Richen run all month on a variety of platforms, including WORLD Channel, WorldChannel.org, WORLD Channel’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page, PBS Passport and on the PBS app.

CVREP Celebrates Famed Celebrity Photographer Michael Childers With A Luminary Lunche Photo CVREP Celebrates Famed Celebrity Photographer Michael Childers With A Luminary Luncheon
by David Green - Mar 29, 2022

Coachella Valley Repertory Theater (CVRep) is proud to announce that iconic and legendary photographer Michael Childers will be honored at the Luminary Luncheon, an exclusive entertainment and fundraising experience, on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 12:00 N with a special sponsor reception at 11:15 AM at the beautiful Westin Mission Hills, Rancho Mirage. Childers has captured through his lens, some of the most renowned portraits of Hollywood and music icons and produced numerous award-winning films. For 16 years, he’s had the biggest hit in the Coachella Valley with sold out performances of One Night Only. This year’s production at the McCallum Theatre will be held Wednesday, November 9, 2022 and will benefit the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center.

BWW Cabaret Celebrates International Women's Day with a Look At Some of the Women fro Photo BWW Cabaret Celebrates International Women's Day with a Look At Some of the Women from the History of Cabaret
by Stephen Mosher - Mar 8, 2022

Broadway World Cabaret has collected a few select videos of just some of the women who have made their mark on the cabaret and concert stages of the world.

The RRazz Room Presents Live! at the Redfield/Inn at Centre Bridge Announces their 2 Photo The RRazz Room Presents Live! at the Redfield/Inn at Centre Bridge Announces their 2022 Winter/Spring Season
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 7, 2022

Whether you have the winter blues or spring fever, you will find the cure at The RRazz Room Presents at the Redfield, an intimate cabaret setting at the Inn at Centre Bridge, New Hope PA. Owners Robert Kotonly and Rory Paull continue to bring world class entertainment to Bucks County, PA. with a vast array of talent.

Monica L. Patton Releases Psychological Spy Thriller, NEO GEISHA, With EDM Soundtrack Photo Monica L. Patton Releases Psychological Spy Thriller, NEO GEISHA, With EDM Soundtrack
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 19, 2021

Philomene Doucette, is a made-to-order assassin struggling between her programming and her desire for free will. Brainwashed and systematically fractured from the age of six, the pretty killer disassociates between her Six-Year-Old Self, the heart, Philomene, the head, and the Monarch Queen, the abyss who finds no issue with killing.

Diahann Carroll Videos

BWW TV: Hollis Resnik Sings 'With One Look' In SUNSET BOULEVARD At Porchlight Music T Videoplay
BWW TV: Hollis Resnik Sings 'With One Look' In SUNSET BOULEVARD At Porchlight Music Theatre

by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 16, 2019

Porchlight Music Theatre presents Sunset Boulevard at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics and books by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, Sunset Boulevard stars Hollis Resnik and is directed by Michael Weber, choreographed by Shanna VanDerwerker and music directed by Aaron Benham.

VIDEO: The Late Diahann Carroll Joins Judy Garland For A Medley! Videoplay
VIDEO: The Late Diahann Carroll Joins Judy Garland For A Medley!

by Stage Tube - Oct 4, 2019

Tony winning singer and actress Diahann Carroll passed away today at the age of 84. See a rare video below of Carroll below performing a medley of standards and showtunes from Rodgers and Arlen with none other than Judy Garland.

BWW TV Exclusive: Broadway Sessions Celebrates Black History Month!
by Ben Cameron - Mar 6, 2017

We all know that February is Black History Month, but did we all take a moment to reflect and celebrate? Well we did just that, Broadway-style, at Sessions on February 23rd. Not only did we invite a starry roster of Broadway's best and brightest to share music representing the influence, importance and impact of African American legacy on Broadway, but we also paid homage to some Broadway trailblazers like Diahann Carroll, Ben Vereen, "Stokes" and more. We even challenged our audience to "name that African American Tony winner," which of course gave us the opportunity to bask in the glorious voices of Melba Moore, Hinton Battle, Heather Headley, Ted Ross, Jennifer Holiday and many more. Check out these amazing performances by Aisha de Haas, Kenita Miller, Daisy Hobbs, Imari Hardon, Zurin Villanueva, Ta'Rea Campbell, Marcus Paul James, Nora Schell, T. Oliver Reid, Charity Angel Dawson and more!

VIDEO: Leslie Uggams Records New Single 'Wishing You a Happy New Year'
by Stage Tube - Dec 26, 2013

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer, and recording artist Leslie Uggams (Roots, King Headley II, Hallelujah, Baby!) is ringing in the holidays with the release of a new single 'Wishing You a Happy New Year' written by renowned film, television, and concert composer-orchestrator Curtis McKonly. Available online at iTunes, Amazon.com, CD Baby and other major digital music outlets, this elegant new tune features the 41-piece Curtis McKonly Orchestra. Click below to watch a behind-the-scenes video of Uggams in the recording studio!

STAGE TUBE: Ana Gasteyer Performs on KTLA Morning News
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 10, 2011

Film and stage regular Ana Gasteyer recently performed 'Slap That Bass' on KTLA Morning News. Click below to watch her performance!

STAGE TUBE: Diahann Carroll's THE LADY, THE MUSIC, THE LEGEND Premieres on PBS 9/14 & 9/15
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 1, 2010

Tony Award-winner Diahann Carroll's acclaimed one-woman 'The Lady..The Music..The Legend' will premiere on PBS on Tuesday, September 14 at 8 p.m. on THIRTEEN and Wednesday, September 15 at 8 p.m. on WLIW21. Below is a clip of the concert which was recorded at the Annenberg Theater on April 21, 2010.

BWW TV: Paper Mill Playhouse's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
by Eddie Varley - Nov 13, 2008

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Artistic Director, Mark W. Jones-Executive Director) presents Paper Mill's premiere of Disney High School Musical. Paper Mill's Artistic Director, Mark S. Hoebee directs and Denis Jones (Associate Choreographer of Legally Blonde) choreographs. Disney High School Musical is based on the Emmy Award® winning Disney Channel hit musical and triple-platinum selling soundtrack. Disney High School Musical will run at the Millburn theatre from November 5 through December 7, 2008. Disney High School Musical is sponsored by RBC Wealth Management. BWW TV joined in on the school spirit as Bailey Hanks, Chase Peacock and the rest of the dynamic young cast got ready to bring this successful favorite to the Paper Mill stage!


Diahann Carroll Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Diahann Carroll been in?
Diahann Carroll has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Diahann Carroll been in?
Diahann Carroll has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Diahann Carroll been nominated for?
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for No Strings and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for No Strings .

What awards has Diahann Carroll won?
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for No Strings.