Pioneering actress and singer Diahann Carroll was born in 1935, in The Bronx, New York. She made a number of films during her career and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in Claudine in 1974. She starred in No Strings (1962) and also appeared in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1979). Her lead role in Julia in 1968, made her the first African-American woman to star in her own television series.
Diahann was an award winning actress, a successful entrepreneur, and a devoted humanitarian.