TSR Take A Moment: Today, we lost a legend and pioneer for Black actors. Tony-winning and Oscar-nominated actress Diahann Carroll passed away at the age of 84 following her battle with cancer.
Carroll’s daughter Suzanne Kay announced that her mother passed away inside her Los Angeles home this morning, Essence reported.
Carroll was known for making history by becoming the first African American actress not to portray a stereotypical role on TV in her starring role on NBC’s “Julia.” She played the title character Julia Baker, a nurse who was raising her young son after losing her husband.
Carroll’s other acting credits include the shows “Dynasty” and “A Different World.” She is also known for being the first Black woman to win a Tony award for her role in the Broadway musical, “No Strings,”
She clearly had an impact on much of the acting world as condolences poured in for Carroll Friday morning from Black Hollywood including Holly Robinson Peete, Ava DuVernay, Debbie Allen and Sanaa Lathan.
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This one hurts deeply. My mom and Ms Diahann were friends since they were 14. She was a pioneer on so many levels. She made me believe I could be on television. I loved and cherished and idolized her like a daughter…. to hear her stories and listen to what she had to endure as black actress was unbelievable. Her legacy is remarkable 💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔 RIP Diahann Carroll thank you for the gift of your life🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 #Class #legacy #diahanncarroll #televisionpioneer 👸🏾
“Diahann Carroll walked this earth for 84 years and broke ground withevery footstep. An icon. One of the all-time greats. She blazed trails through dense forests and elegantly left diamonds along the path for the rest of us to follow, Extraordinary life. Thank you, Ms. Carroll,” Ava tweeted.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Diahann Carroll’s family at this time.
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