LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — It would follow that a show business career that spanned six decades and stage, screen, TV and the recording studio would touch many people in the business and out.
But that Diahann Carroll’s career was ground-breaking and pioneering in so many ways, for so many reasons perhaps added to the number, and poignancy, of many of the tributes people shared about her upon learning of her death at 84.
Our own Pat Harvey shared on air, a funny story about meeting the legendary actress when she was a high school student.
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As any “Dynasty” fan would appreciate, the show biz world, authors, activists, singers, stars and newcomers all said “Ciao, for now.”
Longtime friend, recording artist and music legend Dionne Warwick said in a statement, “My personal world has taken a downward spiral. Losing my dear friend and Mentor comes as a true hurt to my heart!!I know I’ll miss her as I’m certain all that knew her will. Rest In Peace my dear friend.”
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) October 4, 2019
My dear, dear beautiful #DiahannCarroll passed away today . What a pioneer she was in the business….what an incredibly kind soul. We met in High School and continued our friendship for many, many years.
The memories and the tears are flowing 💔 pic.twitter.com/LewZEYLfYV
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) October 4, 2019
Rest In Peace Queen Diahann Caroll! Your work is done. The battle is over. You’ve earned your seat on the throne. Thank you for teaching me, walking with me, and showing me your grace, wisdom, artistry and charm. You will be missed 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/hUkuw5yYEe
— David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) October 4, 2019
First time I met Diahann, she’d just landed on the set of #LonesomeDove in ‘94. “How’s Malibu?” she asked. “I don’t live in Malibu, Miss Carroll,” I replied. She leaned in close: “Baby, I’ve seen your dailies. You will.” She was warm & regal & stunning. RIP #DiahannCarroll ❤️ https://t.co/POUobHDl47
— Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) October 4, 2019
Diahann Carroll was a maverick Queen. Some live in the world, some are sadly broken by it & some remake the landscape – she certainly did the latter. Farewell your Highness https://t.co/wMb0UWMl30
— Dominic Patten (@DeadlineDominic) October 4, 2019
My heart is broken after hearing about the legendary #diahanncarroll ‘s passing. I was honored to have her play my mother in the @lifetimetv movie #thecouragetolove Ms. Carroll paved the way for so many black… https://t.co/z1VzTmgtk4
— Vanessa Williams (@VWOfficial) October 4, 2019
— Jenifer Lewis (@JeniferLewis) October 4, 2019
I am thankful to have experienced you in my life, and so thankful for the beautiful afternoon we spent together last week. Rest in heavenly peace Aunt D. Kiss the family for me. #diahanncarroll
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) October 4, 2019
— Cree Summer (@IAmCreeSummer) October 4, 2019
We are sad to say goodbye to a true icon, Diahann Carroll. The first African-American Tony winner in a leading role, winning for her performance in No Strings in 1962. #DiahannCarroll pic.twitter.com/C9VCzwuJmt
— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) October 4, 2019
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) October 4, 2019
An icon. A legend. A pioneer. #DiahannCarroll was the first black woman in history to star in her own TV series. ‘Julia’ debuted 51 years ago and it changed the lives of so many after her. True representation of elegance, we were not worthy. Rest In Peace Queen. pic.twitter.com/PvQjOM6IAp
— xoNecole (@xonecole) October 4, 2019
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
— Holly🌸Robinson🌸Peete (@hollyrpeete) October 4, 2019
Happy to see that @JoyAnnReid sent that beautiful tweet about the passing of one of our QUEENS #DiahannCarroll. But I still want to know WHY (save that ONE perfect tweet) she has been SILENT (or silenced?) since 9/12.
Do you wonder too, #BlackTwitter?
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) October 4, 2019
Saddened to hear of the passing of the great actress, #DiahannCarroll. I grew up a big fan of hers. When I met her later in life, I was so impressed with her intellect and sensitivity. I was so honored when she did my tv show. May she rest in power. pic.twitter.com/w7SSvBXYwG
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) October 4, 2019
Diahann Carroll was elegant, extraordinary. She made history for African American women on Broadway, on TV and with her Best Actress Oscar nomination for CLAUDINE. I loved her so much. She was a regal trailblazer. #DiahannCarroll
— Bobby Rivers (@BobbyRiversTV) October 4, 2019
Many years ago, I had the privilege to work with the great #DiahannCarroll on an episode of SOUL FOOD that I co-wrote. Everybody in the cast & crew were well aware that we were in the presence of greatness. 😥 pic.twitter.com/FiRqtObxXm
— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) October 4, 2019
#DiahannCarroll was a transformative force for freedom. She identified with Dr King in the civil rights movement with a simple kiss. She brought down ancient barriers & built bridges.She left the world better than she found it. We are in her debt. We miss her so much already. RIP pic.twitter.com/MwjRGcs6tq
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) October 4, 2019
— The King Center (@TheKingCenter) October 4, 2019
— Tika Sumpter (@iamtikasumpter) October 4, 2019
RIP #diahanncarroll when Ms Carroll learned Hal Kanter, who created #Julia thought she was too glamorous for the part, she was determined to change his mind. She altered her hairstyle, mastered the pilot script, quickly convincing him that she was the right woman for the role! pic.twitter.com/iawby6n6dB
— sheryl lee ralph (@thesherylralph) October 4, 2019
— Sanaa Lathan (@justsanaa) October 4, 2019
Our beloved “Julia,” or the amazing Miss #DiahannCarroll has gone on to glory. Rest in Power.
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) October 4, 2019
Diahann Carroll was a luminous, extraordinary, performer, and an even more beautiful human being. I’ll treasure memories of shared laughter, and of her incredible artistry. Farewell, beautiful Diahann.#diahanncarroll pic.twitter.com/IhC7PCs3JB
— Mitzi Gaynor (@TheMitziGaynor) October 4, 2019
A true trailblazer R.I.P. #DiahannCarroll My grandfather was a big producer and Hollywood manager many decades ago. He always said, he gave Diahann Carroll her first job on network TV. She was an remarkable, classy Queen
— Rain Pryor (@RainPryor) October 4, 2019
RIP #DiahannCarroll. When I was little, Julia felt very familiar to me – a smart, professional, black woman.
These were the ladies in my neighborhood – my friends' moms, my teachers.
She and Nichelle Nichols were the only ones.
I didn't realize that til I was older.
— Lisa Ann Walter (@LisaAnnWalter) October 4, 2019
My heart is broken today 💔. R.I.P #DiahannCarroll 🙏🏽
— Lee Daniels Entertainment (@leedanielsent) October 4, 2019
— NAACP (@NAACP) October 4, 2019
Diahann Carroll you taught us so much. We are stronger, more beautiful and risk takers because of you. We will forever sing your praises and speak your name. Love Love Love, Debbie💕 pic.twitter.com/1LBUUa2Ql3
— Debbie Allen (@msdebbieallen) October 4, 2019
The power and impact of Diahann Carroll is immeasurable. As the first, she escorted the tv drama into the 20th century. Her Julia Baker is queen mother to Olivia Pope's existence. Her Dominque Devereux is fairy godmother to Olivia's fierce style. Beca… https://t.co/8vVLidPzdM pic.twitter.com/snSTEiblIv
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) October 5, 2019
She is, was, and forever will be AN ICON!! Simply everything, EVERYTHING! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/g40S0uG5yO
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) 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❤️❤️❤️