*Groundbreaking actress Diahann Carroll made history on television performances in Julia and Dynasty. A Tony Award winner and Oscar nominated performer, Carroll personified grace, class and intelligence in all of her most notable performances.
However, today is not a time of celebration but of remembrance as the world mourns the loss of an original diva at the age of 84 after a long bout with cancer, according to her daughter Suzanne Kay.
Carroll was the first African-American actress to star in her own non-stereotypical primetime series in “Julia,” alongside Fred Williamson, Paul Winfield and Don Marshall as her leading men.
“We were saying to the country, ‘We’re going to present a very upper-middle-class black woman raising her child, and her major concentration is not going to be about suffering in the ghetto,’ ” Carroll noted.
“Many people were incensed about that. They felt that [African Americans] didn’t have that many opportunities on television or in film to present our plight as the underdog … they felt the [real-world] suffering was much too acute to be so trivial as to present a middle-class woman who is dealing with the business of being a nurse.
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