Diahann Carroll Biography
Diahann Carroll (Carol Diahann Johnson) is an American television and stage actress and singer. She was born on July 17, 1935, in the Bronx, New York, to John Johnson and Mabel. She grew up in Harlem.
Diahann Carroll Age
She was born on July 17, 1935 (age 83).
Diahann Carroll Family
Carroll was born in the Bronx, New York, to John Johnson, of Aiken, South Carolina, and Mabel (Faulk), of Bladenboro, North Carolina. When she was an infant, her family moved to Harlem, where she grew up.
Diahann Carroll Grandchildren
She is the grandmother of daughter Suzanne’s two children.
Diahann Carroll Education
She enrolled in dance, singing, and modeling classes. By the time Diahann Carroll was 15, she was modeling for Ebony. She attended Music and Art High School. After graduating from high school, Diahann Carroll attended New York University, majoring in sociology.
Carroll got her big break when she appeared as a contestant on the Dumont Television Network program, Chance of a Lifetime, hosted by Dennis James. Carroll’s film debut was a supporting role in Carmen Jones (1954) as a rival to the sultry lead character played by Dorothy Dandridge.
That same year, she starred in the Broadway musical, House of Flowers. In 1959, she played Clara in the film version of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, but her character’s singing parts were dubbed by opera singer Loulie Jean Norman.
She is well known by the public for her starring role as the title character in Julia (1968) which was one of the first series on American television to star a black woman in a nonstereotypical role.
In 1962, Diahann won the Tony Award for best actress (a first for a black woman) for the role of Barbara Woodruff in the Samuel A. Taylor and Richard Rodgers musical No Strings. In 1974, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for the film Claudine. Her title role in the 1968 television series Julia, won her the Golden Globe Award for “Best Actress In A Television Series” in 1968, and a nomination for an Emmy Award in 1969.
Diahann Carroll Husbands | Diahann Carroll Spouse
Carroll has been married four times. She first married to record producer Monte Kay in 1956. The two met for the first time when he worked as casting director for House of Flowers. Her husband Mr. Kay was from Brooklyn and Diahann’s father had serious problems accepting his daughter wanted to marry a white man, but he soon came over it.
In 1973, Carroll married Las Vegas boutique owner Fred Glusman. Several weeks later, she filed for divorce, charging Glusman with physical abuse. She married Robert DeLeon, a managing editor of Jet in 1975, and was widowed two years later when DeLeon was killed in a car crash.
Carroll’s fourth marriage was to singer Vic Damone in 1987. The union had a legal separation in 1991, reconciliation, and divorce in 1996.
Diahann Carroll Daughter Suzanne Kay
The union between Carroll and her first husband record producer Monte Kay produced a daughter, Suzanne Kay Bamford. She was born on September 9, 1960. She became a freelance media journalist.
Diahann Carroll Wigs
She has a gorgeous collection of wigs for African American women features classic, elegant styles. Diahann Carroll Collection offers wigs (which looks so full and natural and feels as light as air) and human hair wigs for black women to look their best and feel confident.
Diahann Carroll Movies and TV Shows
- Carmen Jones – 1954
- Porgy and Bess – 1959
- Goodbye Again – 1961
- Paris Blues – 1961
- Hurry Sundown – 1967
- The Split – 1968
- Claudine – 1974
- Sister, Sister – 1982
- The Five Heartbeats – 1991
- Color Adjustment (documentary) – 1992
- Eve’s Bayou – 1997
- Over The River…Life of Lydia Maria Child, Abolitionist for Freedom (documentary as narrator) – 2008
- Tyler Perry Presents Peeples – 2013
- The Masked Saint – 2014
- The Greatest Showman – 2017
- Chance of a Lifetime – 1954
- The Red Skelton Hour – 1954
- Peter Gunn – 1960
- The Man in the Moon – 1960
- The Garry Moore Show – 1960
- Naked City – 1962
- The Eleventh Hour – 1963
- The Judy Garland Show – episode #21 – 1964
- Frank Sinatra-A Man And His Music Television Special – 1968
- Julia – 1968–1971
- The Diahann Carroll Show – 1976
- The Love Boat – 1977
- Star Wars Holiday Special – 1978
- Dynasty – 1984–1987
- The Colbys – 1985–1986
- From the Dead of Night – 1989
- A Different World – 1989–1993
- Murder in Black and White – 1990
- Sunday in Paris – 1991
- Lonesome Dove: The Series – 1994–1995
- A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle – 1994
- The Sweetest Gift – 1998
- Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years – 1999
- Jackie’s Back – 1999
- The Courage to Love – 2000
- Sally Hemings: An American Scandal – 2000
- Livin’ for Love: The Natalie Cole Story – 2000
- The Court – 2002
- Soul Food – 2003–2004
- Whoopi – 2004
- Grey’s Anatomy – 2006–2007
- White Collar – 2009–2014
- Diahann Carroll: The Lady. Music. The Legend – 2010
Diahann Carroll Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $28 million.
Diahann Carroll Quotes
- “And for each and every performance (and each and every wedding, for that matter), I was always on time, always prepared, and always, always coiffed and dressed.”
- “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.”
- “You cannot be a legitimate nightclub performer, as far as I’m concerned, in sensible shoes. To me, high heels have always been symbols of sensuality…I like the way I feel in them. And when you become a senior citizen, there’s a great pleasure to be had in the fact that even when the tummy isn’t as taut as it used to be, the legs are still shapely and slender. They really are the last things to go, you know.”
- “Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”
- “Some people might say I’m too image-conscious. They don’t think that walking around in beaded dresses and heels adds up to a meaningful life. I don’t do that every day. But I do it more than your favorite senior citizen…I’m nothing is not materialistic, and have been since I was young. My idea of a good time is shopping, and nobody is going to make me feel guilty about it.”
- “But it also became quite clear that we were the only blacks on the Paramount lot. It was only temporary for this “black movie” (there was usually one every few years) that our presence in Hollywood was wanted. We all knew there’d be little place for us after the movie wrapped. Everyone on staff was polite, but thought of us as outsiders.” (On working on the film Carmen Jones)
- I’ve spent about that amount of time trying to tell the public that there was a purpose in… my business, my career, and the roller coaster ride… how the people I associated with worked together.
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