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Finding Aid for the Diahann Carroll Collection
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Description
Scores of musical arrangements for television and stage productions.
Background
Born Carol Diann Johnson, July 17, 1935 in the Bronx, NY. Having appeared for a short period in Arthur Godfrey's radio show as a child, she entered New York's High School of Music and Art at the age of 10. While enrolled in New York University, she modeled and sang in nightclubs and television In 1954 she had a minor part in the film "Carmen Jones" and she appeared on Broadway in the "House of Flowers" (Truman Capote and Harold Arlen), for which she received a Tony nomination for best supporting actress in a musical. She recorded her first solo album "" in 195?. In 1962 she won a Tony for her performance in the Broadway musical "No Strings" (Richard Rodgers). The original cast album for that show won a Grammy. The sixties also included numerous appearances on televsion, including an Emmy-nominated performance for .... In 1968 she starred in the television situation comedy "Julia", which ran until 1971, when she decided not to renew her contract. She was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress in 1974 for her starring role in the motion picture "Claudine". In 1984 she took a role in the series "Dynasty" and in 1995 she returned to stage in the Canadian production of the musical "Sunset Boulevard" (Andrew Lloyd Webber). [Source: Steven Otfinoski, "African Americans in the Performing Arts". Facts on File, 2003]
Extent
76 boxes and 2 books