Diahann Carroll of the groundbreaking Julia has died on Friday at her Los Angeles home.
She was a native New Yorker, born in the Bronx, and made her debut into acting on Broadway in No Strings before winning a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical in 1962.
In 1968 she broke into Hollywood after starring in NBC‘S Julia — making NBC the first network to have a series with a black actress as the lead character. The show ran for 3 seasons and led Diahann to receive an Emmy nomination alongside her winning a Golden Globe for her role as a widowed nurse.
In 1997 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and has since battled the disease.
She is survived by her daughter and 2 grandchildren.
Rest in Peace.
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