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Groundbreaking Star of ‘Dynasty’ and ‘Julia’, Diahann Carroll Dies At 84

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One of the beautiful and beloved actresses in the world, Diahann Carroll, has passed away in heartbreaking news on Friday.  Carroll died at her home in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer, according to her daughter,  producer-journalist Suzanne Kay.

Carroll, who was first-known for her amazing singing voice, and then as an actress, received a Tony Award and an Oscar nomination in her legendary career. She also make television history for her turns on Julia and Dynasty.

In her role as Julia, Carroll, became the first African American female to star in a non-stereotypical role in her own primetime network series . Julia, premiered in September 1968, finished No. 7 in the ratings in the first of its three seasons, and Carroll received an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe for her work.

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And later in her career, after loving ABC’s primetime soap, Dynasty, Carroll got the attention of producer Aaron Spelling to create a role on the show for her. And thus she became the one and only Dominique Deveraux … the half-sister of Blake Carrington (John Forstyhe).

That part broke ground as well, for Diahann in 1984, became the first featured African American character on a prime time soap.  Carroll later appeared on the Dynasty spinoff, The Colbys,  In films, Carroll earned her Oscar nomination for her work in Claudine (1974),

Diahann was married four times.  In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her grandchildren, August and Sydney.

For more on the passing of Diahann Carroll check out the Hollywood Reporter.

Share your remembrances and condolences on the passing of Diahann Carroll via the comment section below.

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Claudio

very sad news, Diahann Carroll was a wonderful actress. she was a very classy, sassy lady. may she RIP.

Ray
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I always thought Diahann was one of the most beautiful women in show business. I remember “Julia” when I was a child, and knew back then she was a classic beauty. I always wanted to see her play Halle berry’s mother in a movie. Huge loss, sad news.

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Lew S.

A classy lady

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Such a beautiful and talented singer and actress. She was wonderful as Dominique Deveraux and definitely held her own when going toe to toe with Alexis. I was a huge Dynasty fan.

Thank you Ms. Carroll for sharing your wonderful talent with all of us. Rest in peace.

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Someone dying in their 80’s is not ‘heartbreaking news”. It is a natural, expected part of life at that age. It is sad for her family and loved ones, for sure. But she lived a full, wonderful life. She had a groundbreaking career and touched many lives. My point here….it just bothers me a bit when a celebrity dying at age 84 is classed as heartbreaking and news. When a non celebrity dies at an advanced age, it is never sensationalized as tragic, or heartbreaking. It is sad, but she she was old, and it was her time. A glorious… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

I hope that was cathartic. Cathartic: providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions; causing catharsis.

Drake
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Drake

When does a non-celebrity death make the headlines of an entertainment website? The news is sad, heartbreaking, upsetting (pick an adjective) for her many loyal fans and admirers. She was a beloved actress. The state of mourning is not one size fits all. Bottom line is fans can mourn her loss however they wish and words like “heartbreaking” are okay to capture the sentiment.

Kay
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Kay

I adored her so lovely !

Drake
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Drake

A game-changer, grounbreaker and trailblazer. Rest peacefully Ms. Carroll.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

R.I.P. Julia was one of our favorite night time programs we were allowed to watch on school nights. I was a wee lad of six back then. That along with The Flying Nun, Bewitched, Ed Sullivan-(except for Tina Turner episode)-LOL-we literally got sent to bed. The FBI, Land of the Giants, Lost in Space, Brady’s, Giiligan,and Peyton Place and the Honeymooners. We consumed A LOT of TV in the 60’s and it was fabulous! AND we slept on the porch and didn’t bother to lock the door at night, or during the day. Back then it was like, why you… Read more »

Jim
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Peyton Place actually featured African American actors on its prime time soap in the late 60s long before Dynasty…

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Exciting news for The Young and the Restless, Sasha Calle (Lola).  The young actress was chosen from over 425 other performers who auditioned for the role of Supergirl.

With her casting, Sasha will star in the upcoming Warner Brothers feature, The Flash and become the first Latina Supergirl ever chosen for a DC Universe role.

According to Deadline: The Flash director Andy Muschietti watched all the auditions along with DC Films boss Walter Hamada and the producers, was blown away by the actress’ toughness and vulnerability that she brought to the role adding, “I saw more than four hundred auditions. The talent pool was truly amazing and it was very hard to make a decision, but we finally found an actress who was destined to play this role.”

Calle will follow in the footsteps of Helen Slater who played Supergirl in the 1984 Warner Bros movie, Melissa Benoist who played the part on the on the TV series for 126 episodes.

The Young and the Restless tweeted out huge congrats to their cast member stating: “Huge Congrats to our “Supergirl” @SashaCalle”

Word is that Calle will join the production of The Flash soon to begin her new role.  No word yet on what will happen to the character of Lola on Y&R.

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‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ Raises $130,565 For Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS In Four Day Streaming Event

Last week, ABC Daytime fans were thrilled to see some of the archival footage and performances from the ABC Daytime: Salutes Broadway Cares benefit concerts by those who were once in the mighty soap programming block that included: All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital. 

While only GH remains, viewers still loved seeing many of their favorites perform in the streaming event, ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which featured footage from those events that ran from 2005-2011 in front of a live audience in New York City.

The 2021 online event, which kicked-off on February 11th and streamed for four days, featured new content with daytime favorites including: Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Anthony Geary, Kelly Ripa and more, plus performances from the past benefits, and an original dance performance from Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) on the set of GH.

John Dietrich, who directed each of the ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares concerts, wrote and directed the stream. It was presented in partnership with ABC Owned Television Stations’ websites around the country with support from Good Morning America and The View.

According to Broadway World, in total, the ABC Daytime Back on Broadway event raised $130,565. The streaming total includes a matching donation of $50,000 made by Broadway Cares supporters The Dream Alliance.  Now, when combined with the seven-year run of the annual concerts, the ABC Daytime stars have raised $2,020,565 for Broadway Cares.

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What did you think of the ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway streaming event? Did you enjoy seeing the performances? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Guild winners will be announced on April 3rd.

In the category of Daytime Television: Best Hair Styling nominations went to the following teams:

The Bold and the Beautiful Lisa Long, Danielle Spencer, Lauren Larsen, Christina Joseph

The Kelly Clarkson Show Roberto Ramos, Tara Copeland

The Young and the Restless Adriana Lucio, Lauren Mendoza, Regina Rodriquez. Jackie Zavala

The Real Roberta Gardener-Rogers, Rachel Mason, Ray Dobson, Noogie Thai

Dr. Phil “From Tech Genius to Unmotivated Mess” Mimi Vodnoy Love, Annette Jones

In the category of Daytime Television: Best Make-Up nominations went to the following teams:

The Bold and the Beautiful Christine Lai Johnson, Stacey Alfano, James Elle

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Dionne Wynn

The Kelly Clarkson Show Jason McGlothin, Gloria Elias-Foeillet, Chanty LaGrana, John Foster

The Real Melanie Mills, Glen Alen Gutierrez, Motoko Honjo-Clayton

The Young and the Restless Patricia Denney, Kathy Jones, Laura Schaffer, Kelsey Collin

You can view all the nominees here.

So which daytime shows do you think should win Best Hair Styling and Make-Up from the nominees? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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