Marcus Williams from the communications office at OPM tells us about Diahann Carroll and her success as one of the first African Americans on prime time television.
Carroll is best known for her title role in the 1968 television series Julia, which made her the first African American actress to star in her own television series where she did not play a domestic worker. She was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1969, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress In A Television Series” in 1968. Her first Emmy nomination had come in 1963 for Naked City. Other earlier work included Jack Paar, Merv Griffin, Johnny Carson, Judy Garland and Ed Sullivan, and on The Hollywood Palace.
In 1984, Carroll joined the nighttime soap opera Dynasty as the Dominique Deveraux, half-sister of Blake Carrington played by John Forsythe. Her high profile role on Dynasty also reunited her with actor Billy Dee Williams, who briefly played her onscreen husband Brady Lloyd. Carroll remained on the show until 1987, simultaneously making several appearances on its short lived spinoff, The Colbys.
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