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One of television’s premier African-American series stars, elegant actress, singer and recording artist Diahann Carroll was born Carol Diann (or Diahann) Johnson on July 17, 1935, in the Bronx, New York. The first child of John Johnson, a subway conductor, and Mabel Faulk Johnson, a nurse; music was an important part of her life as a child, singing at age six with her Harlem church choir. While taking voice and piano lessons, she contemplated an operatic career after becoming the 10-year-old recipient of a Metropolitan Opera scholarship for studies at New York’s High School of Music and Art. As a teenager she sought modeling work but it was her voice, in addition to her beauty, that provided the magic and the allure.
Interesting Facts about Diahann Carroll
- She was the founding member of the Celebrity Action Council, a volunteer group of celebrity women who served the women’s outreach of the Los Angeles Mission, working with women in rehabilitation from problems with alcohol, drugs, or prostitution.
- Mother of Suzanne Kay, media journalist (born 9 September 1960). Mother-in-law of Mark Bamford. Grandmother of two.
- In the 1960s she was engaged to Sidney Poitier.
- In the early 1970s, engaged to TV interviewer David Frost.
- Once worked in the hat department at New York’s Macy’s Store.
- Is one of 10 African-American actresses to be nominated for the Best Actress Oscar. The others in chronological order are: Dorothy Dandridge, Diana Ross, Cicely Tyson, Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Gabourey Sidibe, Viola Davis, and Quvenzhané Wallis.
- While performing in 1954’s “House of Flowers” on Broadway, aged 19, Carroll became involved with the show’s casting director, Monte Kay, whom she married in September 1956.
- Returned to work 4 months after giving birth to her daughter Suzanne to begin filming Paris Blues (1961).
- Best known by the public for her starring role as the title character in Julia (1968).
- Best remembered for having taken an unfamiliar, child actor Marc Copage under her wing, when he was 6 years old. Their friendship lasted for 51 years, until Carroll’s own death in 2019.
- Her third union to Robert DeLeon, the 24-year-old managing editor of Jet magazine, after only meeting three months earlier, grew contentious early in the game. DeLeon began to drink heavily and run up debts, and the marriage ended abruptly when he was killed in a 1977 car accident.
- Once enrolled at New York University, where she intended to study psychology, in honor of her parents’ wishes that she complete her education. She lasted one term; her passion for a career in singing won out.
Personal Quotes by Diahann Carroll
I considered Nat King Cole to be a friend and, in many ways, a mentor. He always had words of profound advice.- Diahann Carroll
You have to keep your sanity as well as know how to distance yourself from it while still holding onto the reins tightly. That is a very difficult thing to do, but I’m learning.- Diahann Carroll
I’ve spent about that amount of time trying to tell the public that there was purpose in… my business, my career and the roller coaster ride… how the people I associated with worked together.- Diahann Carroll
I have a line of clothing at J.C. Penney’s… and I’m lucky to be affiliated.- Diahann Carroll
I hope that there are no persons that would want to think ill of me in any direction or any behavior.- Diahann Carroll