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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),

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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
Claudio

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

Ray
Ray

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.

Lew S.
Lew S.

A classy lady

Llanviewer717
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.

Colin
Colin

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 celebration of her life should ensue, not grim depressing adjectives.

davlestev1
davlestev1

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

Drake
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
Kay

I adored her so lovely !

Drake
Drake

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

davlestev1
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 lock the door?

Jim
Jim

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

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The annual scribe-fest is based on voting by 15,000 WGA members, and awards will be handed out in coinciding ceremonies in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton and in New York at the Edison Ballroom on February 1st, 2020.

The eligibility are shows within the 2019 calendar year.

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According to court documents on Friday via TMZ, Justin is citing irreconcilable differences as the cause of the split.

The date of their separation is listed as July 8, 2019, which has perplexed those in the media when the pair have been seen together in recent months at Hollywood events and sharing posts of one another on their social media accounts.

Justin and Chrishell were last seen together in public last week on November 14th at a Hollywood Reporter-sponsored pre-Golden Globes party.  Reps for both actors have you to share statements or make a comment.

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