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Diahann Carroll

Birth Place: Bronx, NY, USA

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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.

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Diahann Carroll STAGE CREDITS

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]

Toronto Production, 1995
Norma Desmond

Original Broadway Production, 1982
Doctor Martha Livingstone [Replacement]

[New York]
Original New York Production, 1979

Original Broadway Production, 1962
Barbara Woodruff

Original Broadway Production, 1954
Ottilie (alias Violet)

Ottilie alias Violet

Diahann Carroll Movies

[1954]Carmen Jones Myrt

[1959]Porgy and Bess Clara

[1961]Paris Blues Connie Lampson

[1961]Goodbye Again Night Club Singer

[1967]Hurry Sundown Vivian Thurlow

[1968]The Split EllenEllieKennedy

[1974]Claudine Claudine

[1991]The Five Heartbeats Eleanor Potter

[1997]Eve's Bayou Elzora

[2007]Rifftrax: The Star Wars Holiday Special Mermeia

[2013]Peeples Nana Peeples

[2016]The Masked Saint Miss Edna

Diahann Carroll TV Shows

A Different World Marion Gilbert

Diary of a Single Mom Therapist

Dynasty Dominique Deveraux

Grey's Anatomy Jane Burke

Julia Julia Baker

Soul Food Aunt Ruthie

The Colbys Dominique Deveraux

White Collar June

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Review: Amanda McBroom SUCH GOOD FRIENDS At Birdland Such Good Storytelling

The audience thought that they were getting a show but what they got was a lesson... in greatness.

Interview: Bob Mackie talks THE ART OF BOB MACKIE at Provincetown Public Library

With a career in films, television, and stage spanning six decades, Bob Mackie had long secured his status as an iconic costume and fashion designer when he won his first Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical for “The Cher Show” in 2019.

TRANSART & Cultural Services to Host PINKSTER CELEBRATION Beginning This Month

RANSART & Cultural Services (TRANSART) has announced its second annual Pinkster celebration with a week-long, family-friendly series of free events in Ulster County, New York. Known as Pinkster: Joy Is An Act of Resistance, the celebration features a variety of engaging activities to take place in and around Kingston from Saturday, May 27 to Sunday, June 4, 2023.

Coolidge Corner Theatre Launches New Season of Big Screen Classics

The Coolidge Corner Theatre ('the Coolidge') has announced the early lineup for its Winter / Early Spring 2023 Big Screen Classics series. 

Review: AUDRA MCDONALD Gives Grace And Has Fun At Carnegie Hall

In her most recent appearance at Carnegie Hall Audra McDonald reached the heights of entertainment excellence.

Interview: Sheldon Epps of MY OWN DIRECTIONS: A BLACK MAN'S JOURNEY IN THE AMERICAN THEATRE Recounts the Highs & Lows of His Amazing Career

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 SOUND OF MUSIC at Paper Mill Playhouse

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

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 Cabaret

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

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

World Channel Celebrates Juneteenth With 19 Films

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 Luncheon

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 from the History of Cabaret

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 2022 Winter/Spring Season

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

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.

Composer and Musical Director Mike Renzi Dies at 80

Renzi was musical director for Peggy Lee and Mel Torme for over 25 years. He also worked on Sesame Street as the music director for seasons 31 through 40 and recorded Our First Christmas with singer Cynthia Crane and leads the Mike Renzi Trio.

Lincoln Theatre Will Host Weekend Exploring Black Film In White America With Wil Haygood and Robert Townsend

On Sunday, October 17, Columbus native and author Wil Haygood and Hollywood director and actor Robert Townsend will be live on stage at the Lincoln Theatre to discuss Black filmmaking and the history of Blacks in the film industry.

Student Blog: Chatting with TikTok Sensation Broadway Bob About His New Podcast, Patti LuPone, and More

@broadwaybob is an star among the TikTok theatre community. Here's what he has to say about dealing with hate, his new podcast, and Broadway divas.

BWW Review: DOCUMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS at The Roxbury International Film Festival

The Roxbury International Film Festival, New England’s largest film festival celebrating works by and about people of color is happening through June 26 with in-person screenings, online viewing options, and plenty of exciting events. I was able to catch three of the documentary highlights from this year’s festival.

Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival Auctions Celebrity Memorabilia

The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival celebrates twenty-eight years of presenting and supporting and empowering female performing artists with a very special silent auction, featuring distinctive works of art and one-of-a-kind celebrity and Hollywood memorabilia.


Diahann Carroll has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

Diahann Carroll has not appeared in the West End

Diahann Carroll has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her work in the show "No Strings." She received this nomination twice for her performances in "No Strings."

Diahann Carroll has won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her performance in the show "No Strings".

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