She also received the historic Tony Award plus an Oscar nomination for her performance in Claudine.
Diahanna Carroll, a fascinating singer and actress who came from the Bronx to win the Tony Award, receives an Oscar nomination and makes television history with her turns on Julia and on Friday. She was 84 years old.
Carroll died at her home in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer, said her daughter, producer-journalist Suzanne Kay a Hollywood reporter .
Carroll was known as Las Vegas and nightclub performer and for her appearances on Broadway and Hollywood musicals Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess when approached by NBC's supervisor to star as Julia Baker, the widow of a nurse raising a young son, on the comedy Julia .
She didn't want to do that. "I really didn't believe it was a show that was going to work," she said in a 1
However, when Carroll learned that Hal Kanter, the veteran screenwriter who created the show , thought she was too glamorous for her part, she decided to change her mind. She changed her hairstyle and mastered the pilot scenario, quickly convincing him that she was the right woman.
Thus Carroll became the first African-American woman to star in a non-stereotypical role in her own Prime Time series. (Several actresses portrayed a maid at 1945 AB00 by Bel in the early 1950s.)
Baker, whose husband died in Vietnam, worked for a doctor (Lloyd Nolan) at an aerospace company; she was educated and outspoken, and she met men (including characters played by Fred Williamson, Paul Winfield, and Don Marshall) who were also successful.
"We were telling the country, 'We're going to introduce very middle-class blacks who are raising their baby, and her main concentration will not relate to suffering in the ghetto,'" Carroll notes.
"Many people are angry about this. They felt that [African Americans] did not have as much opportunity on television or in cinema to represent our grief as an untouched person … they felt that the suffering [real-world] was too acute to be so trivial as to present a middle-class woman. which deals with the nurse.
"But we felt that what we were doing was important, and we never left that view … although some of these critics were certainly fair. We thought it was another show. We were allowed to host this show. "
Julia premiered in September 1968, ranked 7th in the first of three seasons, and Carroll received an Emmy and Gold nomination A globe for your work.
As the hot fashionista Dominic Devereux – the first notable African-American heroine in the soap opera in prime time – Carroll played a much more distinct character in the ABC dynasty Kolbis for three seasons – the wonderful Alexis Carrington Colby (Joan Collins).
Recovering her powers after starring on Broadway in Agnes of God Carroll found herself digging Dynasty – "Isn't this the biggest wedding ring?" – she said – and lobbied for Aron. Spelling for the role in his series.
“They did everything [on the show]. They committed incest, homosexuality, murder. I think they are slowly moving towards interracials, "she recalled in the 1984 People piece." I want to be wealthy and ruthless … I want to be the first black bitch on television. "
Carroll made perhaps the biggest hit on the big screen with her lucrative starring role in Claudine (1974), playing Harlem's well-being woman, raising six children on her own and falling to the waste collector (James) .
At first this part was given to her dear friend Diane Sands, but when Sands (who played Julia Baker's cousin in several episodes of Julia ) suffered from cancer, she offered to take Carroll.
"The producers said, 'How can she fulfill this role? No one would believe she could do it, ”Carroll said. – I remember the headline in the newspaper: "Do you believe Jackie Onassis as a mother's well-being?" … The very combination of Jackie Onassis and Diagonal Carroll is very interesting if you think about it. The question was how to make someone believe that she [six] had children? And to be nominated for an Academy Award, it was for the best, the best. "
Kerlin Diahan Johnson was born at Fordham Hospital in the Bronx on July 17, 1935. Her father John was a subway conductor when she was young and her mother , Furniture, Nurse – She won a scholarship to the College of Music and Art, where Billy Di Williams was a classmate.
At the age of 15, she began modeling for black clothes. Audience magazines like Ebony Tan ] and Jett which her father didn't approve of at first, and then started watching when she s She told him that she made $ 600 per session.  Her parents drove her to Philadelphia for many weekends so she could participate in a television talent show The Teen Club hosted by host Paul Paul and later she has repeatedly won the talent of Arthur Godfrey Talent Scout Program where she first billed herself as Diagann Carroll.
After joining New York University to study psychology, she appeared on Dennis James' ABC Talent Show A Chance for Life in 1953 and won for several weeks. One of her awards was a regular engagement to perform at the famous Latin Quarter Nightclub in Manhattan.
Christina Jørgensen taught her how to "carry" herself on stage, she said, and she moved daily with her manager, training and rehearsing. She soon sang in a Persian room at the New York Plaza Hotel and other hot spots, including Ciro & # 39; s, The Mocambo and The Cloister in Hollywood, The Black Orchid in Chicago, and L & # 39; Olympia in Paris.
Soon, she dropped out of college to continue working full time and was brought to Los Angeles to audition for the movie Otto Preminger by Carmen Jones (1954), casting the role of Myrtle opposite the likes of Harry Balafonta.
At the end of 1954, she made her Broadway debut as a young star of Truman Capote-Harold Arlen's musical House of Flowers . Walter Kerr in the New York Heraldic Tribune called her "pathetic and extremely attractive ingenuity."
She was removed to play Clara in the film adaptation of Preminger and Ruben Mamulian Porgy and Bess (1959), but her voice was considered too low for her hero's number . for her.
She met Sidney Poitier in this movie, thereby starting what she described as a "very tumultuous" nine-year romance with him. (Carroll then had the first role in a movie that starred opposite Poitier, Paul Newman, and Joanna Woodward in the 1961s Couples Blues .
She will become famous for her phrase, partly the result of her studying with Lee Strasberg in an actor studio.
In 1963, she earned the first of four Emmy nominee careers for portraying her teacher once again at ABC Attraction Naked City .
Richard Rogers spotted her during one of her frequent singing appearances on Jack Paar's (19459005) "Evening Show" and decided to create a Broadway musical for her. After abandoning the idea of portraying her asian in 1958. Song drum song he wrote in 1962. Without strings A love story revolving around an African-American model of fashion (Carroll) 19659003] The first effort since the death of longtime collaborator Oscar Hammerstein II brought Carroll reviews and the Tony Award, first received by a black woman for Best Actress in a Leading Role
. and moved to Auckland . The role of Dominic – Black Carrington's half-sister John Forsythe – put her back on the map in Hollywood in 1984.
She told the writers of the show: "The most important thing to remember is to write for a white man and you will have character. Don't try to write the way you think I am. Write about a white man who wants to And that's exactly how we found Dominic Devereux. "
More recently, Carroll had recurring roles as Jasmine Guy's mother in NBC The Other World as Isaiah Washington's mom on ABC Grey's Anatomy and as the widow of Park Avenue on the White Collar of the USA . She has also starred in films such as by Eve Bayo (1997) and on stage as Norman Desmond in the musical version of Sunset Blvd .
She was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2011.
Carroll recorded several albums during her career and wrote memoirs Diagon published in 1986, and Legs Last: Aging, acting, marriage, motherhood and more Things I learned along the way in 2008.
She has been married four times: with Monte Cay, a casting manager and consultant at the Flower House ; to Freddie Glusman, a Las Vegas resident (this union lasted only a few weeks); magazine editor Robert DeLeon (he died in a car crash in 1977); and singer Vic Damon (from 1987 until their divorce in 1996). She also had a three-year affair with talk show host David Frost.
In addition to her daughter, survivors include her grandchildren, August and Sydney.
Dwayne Birge contributed to this report.