Portrayed Clara in Preminger's "Porgy and Bess," starring Sidney Poitier as Porgy and Dandridge as Bess; Pearl Bailey also starred
Returned to Broadway to star in "Agnes of God"; replaced actress, Elizabeth Ashley
Toured with Lou Walters' "Jazz Revue"
Won a scholarship from the Metropolitan Opera at age 10
Acted opposite Poitier in Martin Ritt's "Paris Blues"; also starred Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
Auditioned for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts show using the more exotic sounding name of Diahann Carroll
Has a recurring role as Aunt Ruthie on the Showtime series, "Soul Food"
Modeled for Johnson Publications
Played Natalie Cole's mother in the NBC biopic "The Natalie Cole Story"
Re-teamed with director John Berry for "Sister, Sister," an NBC TV movie scripted by Maya Angelou
Reprised the role of Dominique Deveraux for the "Dynasty" spin-off "The Colbys" (ABC)
Returned to features in Robert Townsend's "The Five Heartbeats"
Screen debut opposite Dorothy Dandridge as the femme fatale in Otto Preminger's all-black, updated movie version of "Carmen"
Toured the USA in a concert tour featuring the music of Lerner and Loewe
Won a Tony Award for her role in "No Strings"; was the only musical for which Richard Rodgers wrote both the music and lyrics
Appeared as a voodoo priestess in "Eve's Bayou" starring Samuel L Jackson and Lynn Whitfield
Began singing at age 6 with her Harlem church choir
Cast in a recurring role as Marion Gilbert in "A Different World"; received an Emmy nomination in 1989
Headlined the short-lived CBS variety series, "The Diahann Carroll Show"
Joined the cast of the popular prime-time soap "Dynasty" (ABC) as Dominique Deveraux, the half-sister of Blake Carrington (John Forsythe)
Starred in own NBC TV series, "Julia" (was the second African American actress to star in her own series); nominated for an Emmy Award in 1969
Starred in the Toronto production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard" (first and only African-American to play the lead role of Norma Desmond)
Acted in the Showtime movie, "The Sweetest Gift"
Broadway debut as the virginal protege of a brothel owner (played by Pearl Bailey) in the Harold Arlen-Truman Capote musical "House of Flowers"
Cast in a recurring role as the demanding mother of Dr. Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington) on "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC); received an Emmy nomination in 2008 for Guest Actress in a Drama
Co-starred as Sadie Delaney in the CBS TV-movie "Having Our Say"
Received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for John Berry's "Claudine"
Third film with director Otto Preminger, "Hurry Sundown"
Won another TV talent show appearance which earned her a week's engagement at the Latin Quarter nightclub