Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll

Highest Rated: 100% Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017)

Lowest Rated: 14% The Masked Saint (2016)

Birthday: Jul 17, 1935

Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

Best known for her pioneering leading role in sitcom "Julia" (NBC, 1968-1971), actress and singer Diahann Carroll also picked up an Oscar nomination for "Claudine" (1974), played soap villain Dominique Devereaux in "Dynasty" (ABC, 1981-89) and was the first African-American to win Best Actress at the Tony Awards. Born in The Bronx, NY in 1935, Carroll studied at the New York High School of Music and Art, and thanks to a four-week winning stint on "Chance of a Lifetime" (ABC, 1952-53) was a regular performer on the New York nightclub circuit by her late teens. While studying sociology at NYU, Carroll made her Broadway debut in "House of Flowers" and landed her first screen acting role playing wholesome country singer Myrt in "Carmen Jones" (1954). After appearing as Clara in the film adaptation of George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" (1959), Carroll starred as Sidney Poitier's love interest Connie in "Paris Blues" (1961), showcased her vocal talents in romantic drama "Goodbye Again" (1961) and delivered an Emmy-nominated guest turn on "Naked City" (ABC, 1958-1963). Carroll made history in 1962 when she became the first ever African-American recipient of the Best Actress Tony Award thanks to her performance as a fashion model in interracial musical "No Strings." Following supporting roles in "Hurry Sundown" (1967) and "The Split" (1968) Carroll once again helped to break down barriers when she became the first black actress to front her own sitcom, "Julia" (NBC, 1968-1971). After two seasons of playing the eponymous widowed nurse, Carroll returned to the big screen where she starred as a poverty-stricken single mother of six in "Claudine" (1974), receiving a Best Actress Oscar nomination in the process. The multi-talented star, who had also released over a dozen studio albums by this point, was then given her own four-part variety special in 1976, starred in the Maya Angelou-penned dramas "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" (1979) and "Sister, Sister" (1982), and bagged the role of Joan Collins' high shoulder-padded nemesis Dominique Devereaux in "Dynasty" (ABC, 1981-89) and spin-off "The Colbys" (ABC, 1985-87). Carroll then shared top billing in TV movie "Murder in Black and White" (1990), enjoyed the recurring roles of Whitley's mother in "A Different World" (NBC, 1987-1993) and Ida Grayson in "Lonesome Dove: The Series" (Syndication, 1994-96), and added "The Five Heartbeats" (1991), "Eve's Bayou" (1997) and "The Sweetest Gift" (1998) to her filmography. After portraying a string of real-life figures including civil rights activist Sadie Delany in "Having Our Say" (1999), Thomas Jefferson slave Betty Hemings in "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal" (2000) and Natalie Cole's mother Maria in "Livin' for Love" (2000), Carroll bagged the recurring roles of Dr. Preston's demanding mother Jane Burke in "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005-) and Neal's widowed landlady June in "White Collar" (USA Network, 2009-2014). Following supporting turns in Patricia Cornwell adaptations "At Risk" (2010) and "The Front" (2010), Carroll played Nana Peeples in the Tyler Perry-produced "Peeples" (2013) and church elder Ms. Edna in pastor-turned-vigilante drama "The Masked Saint" (2016). Diahann Carroll died on October 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA following a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 84.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
100% No Score Yet Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me Self - 2017
96% 88% Maya Angelou and Still I Rise Self - 2016
14% 62% The Masked Saint Ms. Edna (Character) $182K 2016
38% 49% Peeples Nana Peeples (Character) $9.1M 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Show Stopper: The Theatrical Life of Garth Drabinsky Unknown (Character) - 2012
95% 79% Sing Your Song Unknown (Character) $47.7K 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss and Tell: The History of Black Romance in Movie Unknown (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 22% Patricia Cornwell's The Front Nana (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 11% Patricia Cornwell's At Risk Nana (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 73% Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Unknown (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 58% The Courage to Love Pouponne (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 83% Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story Maria Cole (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 87% Jackie's Back! Self - 1999
No Score Yet 67% Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Sadie Delany (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 50% The Sweetest Gift Mrs. Wilson (Character) - 1998
82% 89% Eve's Bayou Elzora (Character) $14.8M 1997
No Score Yet 20% A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle Lydia Bishop (Character) - 1994
39% 95% The Five Heartbeats Eleanor Potter (Character) $7.3M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder in Black and White Margo Stover (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 60% From the Dead of Night Maggie (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sister, Sister Carolyne Lovejoy (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 72% I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Vivian (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 80% Death Scream Betty May (Character) - 1975
57% 91% Claudine Claudine (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 32% The Split Ellen "Ellie" Kennedy (Character) - 1968
22% 26% Hurry Sundown Vivian Thurlow (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 76% Goodbye Again Night Club Singer (Character) - 1961
67% 67% Paris Blues Connie Lampson (Character) - 1961
83% 77% Porgy and Bess Clara (Character) - 1959
77% 78% Carmen Jones Myrt (Character) - 1954

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet They've Gotta Have Us Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arsenio Hall Show Guest 2014
96% 93% White Collar June (Guest Star) 2012-2013 2009-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2013 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctors Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2009
40% No Score Yet Back to You Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
84% 77% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2006-2007
26% No Score Yet Whoopi Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Strong Medicine Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Half & Half Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Court Unknown (Character) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Unknown (Voice) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Betty Hemings (Character) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellen Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
43% No Score Yet Burke's Law Grace Gibson (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Different World Unknown (Guest Star) 1991-1993 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love Boat Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dick Cavett Show Guest 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1971 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Julia Julia Baker (Character) 1968-1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Danny Kaye Show Guest 1967 1964-1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Judy Garland Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1962

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