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Winning a Tony

Winning a Tony

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Carroll on what it meant to for her to be the first African American woman to win a Tony award.

Diahann's Biography

What she does for fun:"Deep sea fishing … I like to go to the areas where they're large and I can have a bit of a fight with the fish. "

Cause of Choice: Susan G. Komen for the Cure

First Paying Job:Singing at a little nightclub in Westchester.

Best Advice Received: "You can't listen when you're talking."

Diahann Carroll is an award-winning actress who broke barriers in American television as the first African American women to not only star in a series, "Julia", but also to portray a non-stereotypical black character.
Raised by supportive parents who enrolled her in performance classes, Carroll began her career in entertainment at a young age. Thinking that television would never be an option because of her race, she performed as a singer in nightclubs before making her Broadway debut in "The House of Flowers".
In 1962, Carroll became the first African American woman to win a Tony Award, which she won for her role in "No Strings". Her successful career has spanned nearly six decades. Her film work includes "Claudine", for which she received a 1974 Best Actress Academy Award nomination, "Carmen Jones", "Paris Blues", "Porgy & Bess", "Hurry Sundown", "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" and "Eve's Bayou".
Carroll continues to work as an actress and recently wrote a memoir on her life "The Legs Are the Last to Go: Aging, Acting, Marrying & Other Things I Learned The Hard Way".