Diahann Carroll began her career as a model for Ebony
magazine when she was 15 years old. She was a student at Manhattan's School of Performing Arts when she began entering talent shows. After graduation, she sang in New York's vital nightclubs before her first appearance on Broadway in The House of Flowers
. She received her first Tony Award nomination for her role in the 1954 play. In the same year, she had her first film role in Carmen Jones
Diahann had numerous film and Broadway roles and released several albums in the last 50's and early 60's. She won a Tony Award for her Broadway role in the musical No Strings
in 1962. Also in 1962, she was nominated for her first Emmy as a guest star in the TV series,
. She then became the second African-American woman to star in her own TV series,
, from 1968 to 1971. She won a Golden Globe award in 1968 and was nominated for an Emmy in 1969 for her starring role. She continued to work in films, including Claudine
in 1974 with James Earl Jones for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
Diahann has been married and divorced or widowed four times to the following men: Monte Kay, Freddie Glausman, Robert DeLeon (widowed), and Vic Damone. She also had a long affair with Sidney Poiter and a broken engagement with talk show host, David Frost
. She has one child, Suzanne Kay, who was born in 1960. Diahann is well-known for her TV roles as Dominique Deveraux in
and as Whitley Gilbert's mother in
A Different World
for which she was again nominated for an Emmy. Diahann is a breast cancer survivor and now promotes cancer awareness and early screenings. She continues to act, sing, and promote her line of wigs, clothing and accessories.