DIAHANN CARROLL

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Diahann Carroll dominated Hollywood, the Broadway stage, and the silver screen in the 1960s. 

Carroll was born in the Bronx  and grew up in Harlem, . She attended the Music and Art High School, in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  In many interviews about her childhood, Carroll recalls her parents' support of her and they enrolled her in dance, singing, and modeling classes. It worked, and by the time Diahann was 15, she was modeling for Ebony. After graduating from high school, she  attended New York University, majoring in sociology.

At the age of 18, Carroll got her big break when she appeared as a contestant on Chance of a Lifetime, hosted by Dennis James. On the show, Carroll took the $1,000 top prize for her rendition of the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein song, "Why Was I Born?" She went on to win the following four weeks. Engagements at Manhattan's Café Society and Latin Quarter nightclubs soon followed.

Carroll's film debut was a supporting role in Carmen Jones (1954) as a rival to the sultry lead character played by Dorothy Dandridge. That same year, she starred in the Broadway musical, House of Flowers.  

Carroll is well 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. That role won her the Golden Globe Award for "Best Actress In A Television Series" in 1968, and a nomination for an Emmy Award in 1969. In 1974, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for the film Claudine.

Later on, In 1984, Carroll joined the nighttime soap opera Dynasty as the jetsetter Dominique Deveraux, half-sister of Blake Carrington. Her high-profile role on Dynasty also reunited her with schoolmate Billy Dee Williams, who briefly played her onscreen husband Brady Lloyd. She received her third Emmy nomination in 1989 for the recurring role of Marion Gilbert in A Different World.

In 2006, she appeared in the television medical drama Grey's Anatomy as Jane Burke, the demanding mother of Dr. Preston Burke. 

Diahann was present on stage for the 2013 Emmy Awards, to briefly speak about her retrospective of being the first African American nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. She was quoted as saying, "talented Kerry Washington better win!" 

Diahann proved that once a starlet always a starlet. Clearly, Diahann Carroll is a Boss Ass Bitch.

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