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Diahann Carroll “She was the first black woman to win a Tony for best actress, and the first black woman to star in her own TV show — while not playing a maid. As the title character in that sitcom, Julia, Carroll became the model for one of the first black Barbie dolls.” - Michele Norris on Diahann Carroll
Diahann Carroll (American stage actress and singer she has acted successfully for decades. Her television show "Julia" was ground breaking of a black woman not being portrayed as a domestic. Then her movie rolls in Claudine, Sister Sister, Porgy and Bess, Carmen Jones, Eve's Bayou . . . .