Dynasty’s Diahann Carroll Dead at 84

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Diahann Carroll, who played Dominique Deveraux on the original iteration of Dynasty, died Friday. 

She was 84. 

The Hollywood Reporter first shared the news, stating the actress passed away following a long battle with cancer. 

Carroll appeared on multiple episodes of Dynasty, as well as the spinoff series, The Colbys in the 1980s. 

Her character was the half-sister of John Forsythe’s Blake Carrington. 

The actress was also well known for her role in Julia, a 1970s comedy that focused on a widowed nurse raising her young son. 

The role gave Carroll much prominence. It lasted three seasons on NBC. 

It was praised for featuring an African American in the title role. 

Her first TV role was on The Red Skelton Show. 

Carroll was also a prolific singer and Broadway star. 

She made her Broadway debut at 19 years old in the musical “House of Flowers,” from Harold Arlen. 

Carroll was married four times, to talent manager and music producer Monte Kay, retailer Fred Glusman, editor Robert DeLeon, and singer Vic Damone.

She is survived by a daughter, Suzanne Kay, a journalist and screenwriter, and two grandchildren, August and Sydney.

We extend our thoughts and prayers to the friends and family Diahann during this difficult time. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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