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.
Here’s a look at what some of her fans had to say.
Diahann Carroll walked this earth for 84 years and broke ground with every footstep. An icon. One of the all-time greats. She blazed trails through dense forests and elegantly left diamonds along the path for the rest of us to follow. Extraordinary life. Thank you, Ms. Carroll. pic.twitter.com/YXjh7d3LWU— Ava DuVernay (@ava) October 4, 2019
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My greatest blessing is that I had the honor to connect with you on a personal level. You shared your humor, your mess, your mistakes, your talent....You were authentic. As a woman and actress of color that will be your legacy. You left it all on the floor and we were shifted by it. Rest well Queen #DiahannCarroll. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest❤️❤️❤️
This one cuts deeply. My mom & Ms Diahann were friends since they were 14. She was a pioneer on so many levels. She made me believe I could be on television! I loved & cherished and idolized her like a daughter.... 💔💔— Holly🌸Robinson🌸Peete (@hollyrpeete) October 4, 2019
RIP Diahann Carroll thank you for the gift of your life🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/StN2c5vGDN
Any young man of color, and of a certain age, felt a certain way about Diahann Carroll for a long time. Maybe we still do. :-) Thank you for sharing your gift, for giving us all someone who looked like us on TV to celebrate, and for your dignity and grace. May you rest well. pic.twitter.com/6qK3SwXd8G— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) October 4, 2019
I once met the legendary Diahann Carroll at a luncheon in Toronto. I told her that when she starred in Julia, people used to say my mother looked like her. Without blinking an eye, she said “Was she very beautiful?” Ms Carroll was a Goddess. pic.twitter.com/BJot9JIh1p— Dana Delany (@DanaDelany) October 4, 2019
A trailblazing actress with a captivating voice, Diahann Carroll lent her talents to films like "Carmen Jones" and "Porgy and Bess." In 1975, she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her role in “Claudine.” Her legacy lives on. pic.twitter.com/2X2xjl4sBj— The Academy (@TheAcademy) October 4, 2019
"If you're not invited to the party, throw your own." Rest in peace, Diahann Carroll, an awe-inspiring entertainer and courageous trailblazer who broke through the color barriers of the entertainment world and became nothing less than a star. pic.twitter.com/nkMAvmUP1K— Tribeca (@Tribeca) October 4, 2019
Rest in Power to the trailblazing Diahann Carroll. She was the first Black woman to star in her own TV series. Carroll was a legendary actress who used her platform to advocate for Black women. Her legacy & impact on the entertainment industry will never be forgotten. #RIP pic.twitter.com/152WtDMET5— ColorOfChange.org (@ColorOfChange) October 4, 2019
RIP to the legendary Diahann Carroll.— The Black List (@theblcklst) October 4, 2019
Carroll was the first black woman to star in her own network series with JULIA in 1968, and would become the fourth black woman ever nominated for Best Actress with CLAUDINE in 1974.
Thanks for everything you shared with us, Diahann. pic.twitter.com/YBzFk6CAXj
Singer and Tony-winning, Oscar-nominated actress Diahann Carroll, the first African American woman to star in her own TV series, has died at at her home in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer. She was 84.— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) October 4, 2019
Rest in Peace Queen https://t.co/b7qE2Vztcg pic.twitter.com/qGz1JTciWQ
"I want to be the first black bitch on television." I love that Diahann Carroll was always fighting for roles that showed all the many facets of blackness and helped normalize it. Without her, I wouldn't be writing lead roles for black women. Thank you, Ms. Carroll. #RestInPeace https://t.co/egdwGQ2xCS— Tracy Y. Oliver (@TracyYOliver) October 4, 2019