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Also Known As: Died: October 4, 2019
Born: July 17, 1935 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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"Her singing and her appearance immediately gave me the idea of starring her in a musical in which she would play a chic, sophisticated woman of the world. She would not represent a cause or be a symbol of her race, but a believeable human being, very much a part of a stratum of society that the theatre thus far had never considered for a black actress". --Richard Rodgers about writing "No Strings" for Carroll ("Musical Stages" 1975).

"And I really believe that it was important for me to do 'Agnes of God'. I think that out of 'Agnes of God' came 'Dynasty'. [Lew Erlicht, the head of ABC Entertainment] came to see me in 'Agnes of God' shortly before I closed, and when I closed I was trying to pull myself together again, because for 'Agnes' I was on stage for the entire play, and I began to watch television again, which was not my habit. And I saw 'Dynasty', and I called Aaron [Spelling] and told him that he definitely needed me. I thought it would be very wise to be the first black bitch on television, and to do it properly, not to hedge it. Make sure she was really not likeable, but quite lovely. Well, in the meeting, the gentleman who had the responsibility to say yea or nay, was the one who had seen me in 'Agnes of God'!" --Diahann Carroll in THEATERWEEK, January 1-7, 1996

"My dear, after a certain point, glamour is just maintenance, maintenance, maintenance!" --Carroll to columnist Liz Smith in May 1998

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