The American singer, Diahann Carroll, died at the age of 84 after fighting cancer. The Oscar-nominated actress, who was the first African-American woman to star in her television series, died on Friday, October 4, at her home in Los Angeles.
Carrol’s daughter, Suzanne Kay, who confirmed the news of her mother’s death on her Twitter page, expressed sadness over the incident, reports Latest Nigeria newspaper.
‘We are sad to say goodbye to a true icon, Carrol.
“Tony’s first African-American winner in a lead role, winning by her performance in No Strings in 1962. #DiahannCarroll,” he wrote.
Carroll won a Tony Award for the musical “No Strings” and an Academy Award nomination for “Claudine” during his long career.
Carroll, who made his Broadway debut at the age of 19 in Harold Arlen’s musical “House of Flowers,” was best known for his pioneering work on “Julia.”
Carroll played Julia Baker, a nurse whose husband had been murdered in Vietnam in the innovative sitcom that was broadcast from 1968 to 1971.
His first recordings include “Porgy and Bess” with the trio Andre Previn, “Diahann Carroll sings Harold Arlen”, “Best Beat Forward” and “Showstopper”.
In addition, his later recordings include his 1978 tribute to Ethel Waters and “The Time of My Life” of 1997.
Carroll married four times (four different men), first with a talent manager and music producer, Monte Kay, secondly with retailer Fred Glusman, while the third was editor Robert DeLeon and finally singer Vic Damone
She has a daughter, Suzanne Kay in her first marriage, who turns out to be a journalist and screenwriter.
In addition, he left two grandchildren, August and Sydne.