Diahann Carroll, the pioneering actress who became the first African-American woman to star in a network sitcom in 1968’s “Julia,” died on Friday reports CNN. She was 84.
Her publicist Jeffrey Lane confirmed to the outlet she had passed on early Friday following a battle with breast cancer.
In “Julia,” Carroll played widowed nurse Julia Baker who was raising a charming young son. The series also broke ground for its portrayal of a black woman as something other than a domestic worker.
Carroll was also well known for her subsequent performance as Dominique Deveraux in 1980s ABC prime-time soap opera “Dynasty”. Over her long career she also earned a Tony award for the musical “No Strings” and an Academy Award nomination for “Claudine”.
Other films included “Porgy and Bess,” “Goodbye Again,” “Hurry Sundown,” “Paris Blues” and “The Split”.