Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll

“If you’re not invited to the party, throw your own” Diahann Carroll

On July 17, 1935 Diahann Carroll American actress, singer, model, and activist was born. She became the first black actress in television history to star in her own series, Julia, for NBC.

She rose to prominence in some of the earliest major studio films to feature black casts, including Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess. (Wikipedia)  Diahann Carroll broke ethnic barriers on the small screen with the series Julia (1968). Despite other Black American actresses starring in a TV series (Diahann became the first full-fledged African-American female “star” — top billed, in which the show centered around her lead character. The show gradually rose in ratings and Diahann won a Golden Globe award for “Best Newcomer” and an Emmy nomination. The show lasted only two seasons, at her request. (IMDb)

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