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‘Queen’ and TV pioneer Diahann Carroll hailed by Oprah, Viola Davis in tributes

Diahann Carroll, photographed on Jan. 18, 1965.
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The regal actress Diahann Carroll was remembered as a queen on Friday as word of her death spread.

The groundbreaking “Julia” and “Dynasty” star, who died from cancer at 84, was saluted by Hollywood creatives including Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay and Viola Davis, as well as institutions such as the American Theatre Wing and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Social-justice advocates also paid tribute to the glamorous TV and stage actress, who broke ground in the 1960s as the first black woman to play a career woman in her own sitcom: a nurse on NBC’s “Julia.”

The actress was also remembered for her sterling career as a performer and for the elegant way she carried herself onstage and in real life.

Diahann Carroll, the elegant star of stage and screen who changed the course of television history in 1968’s groundbreaking sitcom “Julia,” has died. She was 84.

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Here’s a look at what some of her fans had to say.

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