|Diahann Carroll Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 5 in|
|Date of Birth||July 17, 1935|
Diahann Carroll was an American singer, actress, model, and activist who won a Golden Globe in 1968 for “Best Actress in a Television Series” and also became the first African-American to earn an Emmy nomination in 1969.
Carol Diann Johnson
Diahann Carroll was born on July 17, 1935.
Diahann Carroll died on October 4, 2019 (at the age of 84) from cancer at her home in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States.
The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Diahann studied at the Music and Art High School. Upon graduating from there, she went on to pursue a major in sociology at New York University. However, she decided to drop out in order to pursue her show-biz commitment.
Actress, Singer, Model
- Father – John Johnson (Subway Conductor)
- Mother – Mabel (Faulk) (Nurse)
Diahann released her music with RCA Victor.
As of June 29, 2023, ‘Diahann Carroll’s net worth was estimated to be ‘$ 20,000,000’ according to ‘Celebrity Net Worth’.
5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
57 kg or 125.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Diahann had been romantically involved with –
- Jim Brown
- Sammy Davis Jr.
- Marlon Brando (1954)
- Monte Kay (1956-1963) – Record producer and Monte Kay married each other on February 26, 1956. However, her father boycotted their wedding. The couple together had a daughter named Suzanne Kay (b. September 9, 1960), who as of October 2023, had been working as a producer and writer for Kaymont Entertainment. Monte and Diahann’s marriage ended in divorce on January 14, 1963.
- Sidney Poitier (1959-1968) – She began dating actor and film director Sidney Poitier in 1959, while they were both still married to their respective partners. In Diahann’s autobiography, she states that they had both made a mutual decision to get a divorce from their spouses, but Poitier failed to keep up at first but later went through with it. Despite the trouble Sidney and Carroll went through to be with one another, their relationship ended not very long after as Diahann couldn’t come to terms with parting with her daughter for six months so that Sidney could find time to adjust to his and Carroll’s relationship without the presence of Suzanne.
- Don Marshall (1969-1970)
- David Frost (1970-1973) – Carroll was engaged to British television host and producer David Frost from 1970 until 1973.
- Fredrick (Fredde) Jack Glusman (1973) – In February 1973, Diahann publicly stated that she would be getting married to marrying Las Vegas boutique owner Fred Glusman which they went through with on February 21, 1973, but just four months later they divorced on July 20, 1973, as according to reports Fred was physically abusive.
- Robert DeLeon (1975-1977) – Diahann tied the knot with the 24-year-old managing editor of Jet magazine Robert DeLeon on May 25, 1975. At the time of their marriage, Diahann was 39. The couple shared a child from a previous marriage of his. On March 31, 1977, Robert tragically died in a car accident leaving Diahann widowed.
- Max Julien (1978)
- Vic Damone (1987-1996) – Diahanna was married for the last time to singer Vic Damone from January 3, 1987, to September 12, 1996, a marriage that also ended in divorce.
Race / Ethnicity
She was of African-American heritage.
- Wide smile
- Bronx accent
- Sweet, sultry voice
Diahann had appeared in commercials for various brands including Healthy Choice and Fox Soul to name a few.
Diahann Carroll Facts
- She was an infant when her family relocated to Harlem, Upper Manhattan, New York City. During her younger years, she also lived with her aunt in North Carolina for a while.
- Carroll was classmates with actor, novelist, and painter Billy Dee Williams while attending Music and Art High School. It was her parents who supported her in pursuing her passion for the performing arts.
- Diahann was 15 when she started modeling for Ebony magazine.
- She got her first big break at the age of 18 after being announced as a contestant on DuMont Television Network program’s Chance of a Lifetime which aired on January 8, 1954.
- Diahann made her debut film appearance in Myrt in Carmen Jones in 1954.
- In 1957, she came out with some of her earliest tracks, called Diahann Carroll Sings Harold Arlen Songs.
- She won a Tony Award for “Best Leading Actress in a Musical” in 1962, for her work in the theater work as Barbara Woodroff in No Strings.
- From 1968 to 1971, Diahann was cast as the titular character of Julia Baker in the show Julia for which she won a Golden Globe Award for “Best TV Star – Female” and was nominated for “Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy.”
- Her film and television credits include Peeples, Eve’s Bayou, Sister, Sister, Grey’s Anatomy, and White Collar to name a few.
- In 1997, Carroll was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was the first person in the history of her family to be diagnosed with the disease despite having lived a healthy lifestyle.
- At the time of her death, she had been suffering from dementia.
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