"To my young eyes [...] Diahann Carroll was everything that a woman should be: smart, elegant, funny, and a career woman."
Carroll had already shattered racial stereotypes on television with her starring role in the 1968 series “Julia” on NBC. She played a widowed mother and nurse... As Julia, Carroll was the first Black woman to star in a sitcom and not play a domestic worker. Huge, at the time. In fact, it’s hard to overstate what an important figure she was. In my working-class Black neighborhood, men, women, children — we were all captivated by her.
Diahann Carroll passed away on October 4, 2019
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