Diahann Carroll was born unutterably sad circumstances-both literally and figuratively. She was six years old when her parents, immigrating from Ireland, lost their first-born son to typhoid fever. When her younger brother died in the hospital just six weeks after birth, Diahann was so upset that she decided to drop out of school. She missed her first day of school, although she returned on the second, and third days. Finally, a teacher who knew her story of tragedy persuaded her to attend St. Patrick’s Catholic School in New York City.
Diahann was an energetic, extroverted child who excelled as a ballet dancer, an actress, and a singer. She began learning to read at age four, though her greatest passion was drawing. Diahann studied art and design at the nearby academy of St. Lawrence University, where she pursued a degree in English with writing as its major. Her classmates included future singers Whoopi Goldberg, Idina Menes, and Ayala Clinton. Her former teachers remember her as extremely smart and astute, but they also appreciated her enthusiasm and refusal to accept criticism as a negative.
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After graduating in January of 1941, Diahann attended a talent show organized by the St. Lawrence club wherein she was seen by the world’s top entertainers. Among those who had admired Diahann for her beauty and her singing abilities were the likes of Frank Sinatra, Rose Bird, Bing Crosby, and Richard Burton. The club’s owner, Raymond Parks, decided to feature Diahann in a talent show entitled “The Little Black Dresser,” which he designed to spotlight African American women. Diahann, who was previously unknown to the public, graced the occasion wearing an exquisite black dress that was custom designed by Parks.
Diahann’s performance as “The Little Black Dresser” earned her spots on various popular radio shows. Her musical selections, including a cover of “My Old School” by Aretha Franklin, “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” by Ella Fitzgerald, and “White Man’s Man” by blues singer Mose Harrison were chart-topping hits. She appeared on Bon Jovi’s “Come Together,” prompting him to include her on his album titled “I Love You”. Diahann later went on to star in a series of other music and film projects, most notably the movie adaptation of The Little Black Dresser. She appeared in the films Pleasantville, Roald Dahl’s The Perfect Pair, Leave Home Alive, and Edward Scissorhands, as well as guest spots on numerous TV shows, including Smallville, Batman: The Brave, and Family Guy. She is currently a casts member of the live-action television series Beauty and the Beast, appearing alongside Eddie Murphy.
Diahann Carroll is probably best known for her role as the irrepressible and domineering Diahann Carroll in the television series Orange is the New Black. In the show she plays Rachel Berry, a young, attractive, and intelligent single woman who works as a waitress in a fancy restaurant. The OC show lasted six seasons, the last of which was its own spinoff series, premiering in the summer of 2021. Diahann became one of the first black women to feature on an American television network comedy series, and she continues to receive positive reviews from critics and audiences.
While Diahann is not yet officially retired from acting, she has released several solo singles and made a number of guest appearances. She is most well known for her role as the irrepressible and domineering Diahann Carroll in the television series Orange is the New Black. Diahann Carroll is perhaps best known for her role as the irrepressible and domineering Diahann Carroll in the television series Orange is the new black.