Diahann Carroll – Diahann Carroll was a singer, actress, model, and activist. She was known for her work in some of the earliest major studio films to feature an African American cast. Carroll received a Tony Award for “best actress”, which was a first for an African American woman, for her role in the Broadway musical No Strings, in 1962. She was also praised for her roles in the 1954 classic Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess (1959)
Diahann Carol was also one of the first African American actresses to take on a non-stereotypical role on television. She played the character of Dominique Deveraux on the prime time soap opera Dynasty. Carroll passed away in October of last year after a long time battle with breast cancer.