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Diahann Carroll    

Actress, Entertainer, Breast Cancer Survivor & Awareness Advocate

Diahann Carroll is the consummate entertainer. So varied and dynamic are her gifts that she continually astounds fans and critics alike with her versatility and magnetism. She is one of America’s major performing talents appearing in nightclubs, the Broadway stage, a Las Vegas headliner, in motion pictures and television. Carroll is a Tony Award winner, an Emmy and Grammy nominee, a Golden Globe winner and a Best Actress Oscar nominee.

She has a recurring role on the USA Network series “White Collar” and starred in the film “Peeples” with Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson. In 2010, Carroll filmed her stage show, “The Lady-The Music-The Legend”, backed by 28 musicians, for PBS TV. She debuted her one woman show at Feinstein’s, New York’s premier venue, to sell out audiences receiving overwhelming reviews.

Stephen Holden of the New York Times wrote, “Diahann Carroll is historic. Experience it while you can. Her opening number, “Come Rain or Come Shine” erupts out of her like an emotional volcano. From here on, the lava never stops flowing. The forceful dramatic immediacy of her performance of “As If We Never Said Goodbye” is second to none. Throughout the show, Ms. Carroll demonstrates her A-to-Z range as a singing actress. A rip-roaring version of the Sophie Tucker show-stopper “Some of These Days” is matched in commitment by its quiet opposite, the break-up song, “Where Do You Start?”

Her television nominations go all the way back to 1963, and in 1968 Carroll became the first black actress in television history to star in her own series, “Julia” for NBC, which soared to the top of the Nielsen rating and received an Emmy nomination in its first year on air.

She was nominated for an Emmy Award for the successful NBC series, “A Different World”, as outstanding actress in a comedy series, and also co-starred in the award winning night-time series “Dynasty,” which is still in syndication around the world.

Carroll had roles in the Showtime’s hit series “Soul Food Lifetime TV’s “Strong Medicine” and in NBC’s TV show “Whoopi,” playing Whoopi Goldberg’s mother.

She starred on stage as ‘Norma Desmond’ in the Toronto premiere production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical “Sunset Boulevard.” She made her Broadway stage debut starring in Harold Arlen and Truman Capote’s “House of Flowers” and after seeing her in this production, Richard Rodgers created the Broadway production “No Strings” as a starring vehicle for Carroll, for which she won the Tony Award.

Her film work includes “Claudine,” for which she received a 1974 Best Actress Academy Award nomination, “Carmen Jones,” “Paris Blues,” “Porgy & Bess,” “Hurry Sundown,” “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” and “Eve’s Bayou.”

In 1998 Carroll was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a lumpectomy in May of that year and had 12 weeks of radiation. She has been cancer free for over 20 years and has been a public breast cancer activist, raising awareness about education and prevention.

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