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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Remembering Diahann Carroll 1935 - 2019

The actress, who died Friday at age 84, won a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star (Female) for her 1968-71 NBC sitcom, Julia, which was the first television series to star a black woman in a non-stereotypical role. In 1962, Carroll became the first black woman to win a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for No Strings, and she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in the 1974 film, Claudine. Below I've selected some videos to celebrate her life and career.

Carroll was starring in the Broadway musical, House of Flowers, when she sang a song from the show ("A Sleepin' Bee") on NBC's Coke Time with Eddie Fisher on April 13, 1955.

She appeared in the 1961 film, Goodbye Again, with Anthony Perkins and Ingrid Bergman.

She starred in the 1961 film, Paris Blues, with Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

She was the Mystery Guest on What's My Line? on May 20, 1962.

She was a guest on The Judy Garland Show on February 16, 1964.

She was a guest on The Danny Kaye Show on November 18, 1964.

She was a guest on Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall on May 27, 1965.

She and Frank Sinatra were guests on the first episode of The Dean Martin Show on September 16, 1965.

She was a guest on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on November 5, 1967.

She played Julia Baker, a widowed single mother and nurse whose husband died in the Vietnam War, on her sitcom, Julia, which began on September 17, 1968.

She was a guest on Frank Sinatra's special, Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing, on CBS on November 25, 1968.

She was a guest on This Is Tom Jones on October 2, 1969.

She was the host of The Hollywood Palace on November 29, 1969, with guests Stevie Wonder, Robert Culp, John Byner and Godfrey Cambridge.

She was a guest on The Hollywood Palace (with host Perry Como) on December 20, 1969.

She was a guest on The Dick Cavett Show on February 9, 1972.

On January 17, 1973, she appeared on the NBC special, Cole Porter in Paris, with Perry Como and Connie Stevens.

She and James Earl Jones starred in the 1974 film, Claudine.

She was a guest on The Sonny & Cher Show on March 28, 1976.

On August 14, 1976, Sammy Davis Jr. was a guest on The Diahann Carroll Show, which was a summer replacement series for The Carol Burnett Show.

She was a guest on the 1977 special, The Johnny Mathis Christmas Hour.

She appeared in The Star Wars Holiday Special on CBS on November 17, 1978.

She and Jack Jones performed together on Rockette: A Holiday Tribute to the Radio City Music Hall on NBC on December 14, 1978.

She played Dominique Deveraux on Dynasty and The Colbys from 1984 to 1987.

She performed on The Love Boat Fall Preview Party on ABC on September 15, 1984.

She and her fourth husband, singer Vic Damone, performed together in a tribute to honoree Perry Como on The Kennedy Center Honors on December 30, 1987.

She and Debbie Allen starred in Sunday in Paris, an unsold NBC sitcom pilot that aired on July 7, 1991.

She and Rex Smith starred in the 1995 Toronto production of the musical, Sunset Boulevard.

She discussed Julia and Dynasty in an Archive of American Television interview on March 3, 1998.

She was a guest on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on April 10, 1998.

She played Whoopi Goldberg's mother in an episode of the NBC sitcom, Whoopi, on November 18, 2003.

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