The US actress and singer Diahann Carroll, who became known in Germany mainly through the television series "The Denver clan" has died.
According to her spokeswoman, she died Friday at age 84 at home in Los Angeles. Accordingly, she suffered for years from breast cancer. Carroll was one of the African American pioneers on US television.
Carroll was born in the New York Bronx in 1935 and began her career as a singer. But already in the 50s, she made her first Hollywood films, such as "Porgy and Bess" directed by Otto Preminger.
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Diahann Carroll in 1972: "I want to be the first black beast on TV"
In 1962, Carroll was the first African-American actress to win the "Tony Award" theater award for the lead role in the musical "No Strings". "We are sad to say goodbye to a true legend".
We are sad to say goodbye to a true icon, Diahann Carroll. The first African-American Tony winner in a leading role, winning for no performance in No Strings in 1962. #DiahannCarroll pic.twitter.com/C9VCzwuJmt- The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) October 4, 2019
In 1968, she made her debut as a widowed and single-parent nurse in the US television series "Julia" a premiere: Until then, African American actresses were only supporting roles or roles as stereotypes. "Julia" earned her a Golden Globe, one of the most prestigious awards for feature films and television programs. For her portrayal in the social comedy "Claudine" she was nominated for the lead role in an Oscar.
Caroll became famous internationally through "Denver clan" - from the fourth season in 1983, she played the nightclub owners Dominique Devereaux, the opposite of the intriguing beast Alexis Colby, presented by Joan Collins. In an interview she said, "I want to be rich and ruthless, I want to be the first black beast on TV."
In recent years, Caroll has played various guest roles in television series such as Gray's Anatomy or White Collar.
Diahann Carroll walked this earth for 84 years and broke ground with every 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. pic.twitter.com/YXjh7d3LWU- Ava DuVernay (@ava) October 4, 2019
On Twitter, director Ava DuVernay ("Selma") wrote: "She was an icon, one of the greatest of all time."