Diahann Carroll Biography (1935-)

Born Carol Diahann Johnson, July 17, 1935, in Bronx, NY; daughter of John andMabel (Faulk) Johnson; married Monte Kay (divorced); married Freddie Glusman(a Las Vegas clothier), 1973 (divorced, 1973); married Robert De Leon (a magazine managing editor), 1975 (died, 1977); married Vic Damone (a singer), January, 1987 (divorced, 1996); children: (first marriage) Suzanne Ottilie. Education: Attended New York University. Addresses: Agent--William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Career: Actress and singer. Member: American Federation of Television andRadio Artists, Screen Actors Guild, Actors' Equity Association. Awards, Honors: Antoinette Perry Award, best actress in a musical, 1962, for No Strings; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding single performance by anactress in a leading role, 1963, for Naked City; Golden Globe Award,best female television star, and Emmy Award nomination, outstanding continuedperformance by an actress in a leading role in a comedy series, both 1969, and Golden Globe Award nomination, 1970, all for Julia; Academy Award nomination, best actress, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best motion picture actress in a musical or comedy, 1975, both for Claudine; Image Award, best actress, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People,1976; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actress in a comedy series, 1989, for "She's Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage," A Different World; Women in Film, Crystal Award, 1992, Lucy Award, 1998; Daytime Emmy Award nomination, outstanding performer in a children's special, 1998, for The Sweetest Gift; Image Award nomination, outstanding actress in a televisionspecial, 1999, for Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years; inducted into the Black Filmmaker's Hall of Fame. Addresses:Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Actress, singer
Birth Details
July 17, 1935
Bronx, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • House of Flowers, Broadway production, 1954
  • No Strings, Broadway production, c. 1962
  • Dr. Martha Livingston, Agnes of God, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Norma Desmond, Sunset Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, 1995-96
  • Also appeared in Same Time, Next Year, Broadway production.
  • Film Appearances
  • Myrt, Carmen Jones, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1955
  • Clara, Porgy and Bess, Columbia, 1959
  • Singer, Goodbye Again(also known as Aimez-vous Brahms?), United Artists, 1961
  • Connie Lampson, Paris Blues, United Artists, 1961
  • Vivian Thurlow, Hurry Sundown, Paramount, 1967
  • Ellie, The Split, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968
  • Title role, Claudine, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1974
  • Herself, Color Adjustment, California Newsreel, 1991
  • Eleanor Potter, The Five Heartbeats, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • Elzora, Eve's Bayou, Trimark Pictures, 1997
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Julia Baker, Julia, NBC, 1968-71
  • The Diahann Carroll Show, CBS, 1976
  • The Rene Simard Show,1977
  • Dominique Deveraux Lloyd (Millie White), Dynasty, ABC, 1984-87
  • Ida Grayson, Lonesome Dove: The Series,1992
  • Miniseries
  • Zeona Haley, Roots: The Next Generation, ABC, 1979
  • Maggie Corwin, From the Dead of Night, NBC, 1989
  • Betty Hemmings, Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal, CBS, 2000
  • Movies
  • Betty May, Death Scream(also known as Streetkill and TheWoman Who Cried Murder), ABC, 1975
  • Vivian, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, CBS, 1979
  • Carolyne Lovejoy, Sister, Sister, NBC, 1982
  • Margo Stover, Murder in Black and White, CBS, 1990
  • Lydia Bishop, A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle(also known as The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle), NBC, 1994
  • Mrs. Wilson, The Sweetest Gift, Showtime, 1998
  • Sarah L. "Sadie" Delany, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First100 Years, CBS, 1999
  • Herself, Jackie's Back!(also known as Jackie's Back: Portrait of a Diva), Lifetime, 1999
  • Pouponne, The Courage to Love, Lifetime, 2000
  • Episodic
  • Chance of a Lifetime, ABC and The DuMont Network, 1953
  • "Sing a Song of Murder," Peter Gunn, NBC, 1960
  • Song performer, The Jack Paar Tonight Show, NBC, 1961
  • Ruby Jay, "A Horse Has a Big Head--Let Him Worry," Naked City, ABC, 1962
  • "And Man Created Vanity," Eleventh Hour, NBC, 1963
  • Guest host, On Parade, NBC, 1964
  • The Danny Kaye Show(three episodes), CBS, 1964
  • The Danny Kaye Show, CBS, 1965
  • International Cabaret,1965
  • "C'est la Vie," ABC Stage '67, ABC, 1967
  • The Danny Kaye Show, CBS, 1967
  • "Issac the Groupie," The Love Boat, ABC, 1977
  • "Strike Up the Band," Webster, ABC, 1985
  • "Mary McLeod Bethune," An American Portrait, CBS, 1985
  • Dominique Deveraux, The Colbys, ABC, 1985
  • Marion Gilbert, "For She's Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage," A Different World, NBC, 1989
  • Marion Gilbert, "For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls," A Different World, NBC, 1989
  • Marion Gilbert, "Do You Take This Woman?" A Different World, NBC,1991
  • Marion Gilbert, "Save the Best for Last," A Different World, NBC,1992
  • Marion Gilbert, "Faith, Hope, and Charity," Parts 1-2, A Different World, NBC, 1992
  • Mrs. Winters, "My Daughter's Keeper," The Sinbad Show,1993
  • Marion Gilbert, "When One Door Closes...," A Different World, NBC,1993
  • "Who Killed the Beauty Queen?" Burke's Law,1994
  • Grace Willis, "The Driver," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1995
  • Herself, "Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute," Ellen, ABC, 1998
  • Jael, "Double Exposure," Twice in a Lifetime, PAX, 1999
  • Jael, "O'er the Ramparts We Watched," Twice in a Lifetime, PAX, 1999
  • Pilots
  • 20th Century Follies, ABC, 1972
  • Specials
  • Crescendo, CBS, 1957
  • Music U.S.A., CBS, 1958
  • The Man in the Moon, NBC, 1960
  • Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing, CBS, 1968
  • The Bob Goulet Show Starring Robert Goulet, ABC, 1970
  • Anthony Newley Show, ABC, 1971
  • Hotel 90, CBS, 1973
  • Flip Wilson Special, NBC, 1974
  • Telly ... Who Loves Ya, Baby? CBS, 1976
  • The Beatles Forever, NBC, 1977
  • "Holographic Wow," The Star Wars Holiday Special,1978
  • Bob Hope's All Star Birthday, NBC, 1979
  • Bob Hope--Hope, Women and Song, NBC, 1980
  • Christmas in Washington, NBC, 1982
  • The Love Boat Fall Preview, ABC, 1984
  • George Burns' How to Live to Be 100, NBC, 1984
  • The Night of 100 Stars II, ABC, 1985
  • Bob Hope's Comedy Salute to the Soaps, NBC, 1985
  • The Barbara Walters Special, ABC, 1985
  • Walt Disney World's 15th Birthday Celebration, ABC, 1986
  • George Burns' 90th Birthday Special, CBS, 1986
  • Bob Hope's All-Star Super Bowl Party, NBC, 1986
  • Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS,1987
  • Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne, PBS, 1987
  • America's Tribute to Bob Hope, NBC, 1988
  • Christmas in Washington, NBC, 1989
  • Sammy Davis, Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Celebration, ABC, 1990
  • Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come, CBS, 1990
  • Sunday in Paris, NBC, 1991
  • Gladys Knight's Holiday Family Reunion Concert, syndicated, 1991
  • A Capitol Fourth, PBS, 1991
  • Host, Celebrate the Soul of American Music, syndicated, 1991
  • The 19th Annual Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, syndicated, 1992
  • Narrator, Jirimpimbira: An African Folk Tale, ABC, 1995
  • 50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Golden Anniversary, HBO, 1997
  • Herself, Motown 40: The Music Is Forever, ABC, 1998
  • Porgy and Bess: An American Voice, PBS, 1998
  • Presenter, The 29th NAACP Image Awards,1998
  • An All Star Party for Aaron Spelling, ABC, 1998
  • Intimate Portrait: Diahann Carroll, Lifetime, 1998
  • Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood,1998
  • Dorothy Dandridge: Little Girl Lost, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Stars over Mississippi, with Prince Edward, PBS, 1999
  • Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Holly Robinson Peete, Lifetime, 2000
  • Albums
  • Diahann Carroll Sings Harold Arlen Songs, RCA Victor, 1957
  • Porgy and Bess(cast recording), United Artists Records, 1959
  • The Fabulous Diahann Carroll, United Artists Records, 1962
  • Nobody Sees Me Cry, Columbia, 1966
  • Diahann Carroll, Harmony, 1969 Motown, 1974
  • Memoirs
  • Diahann: An Autobiography, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1986

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