Diahann Carroll: Pioneering actress dies aged 84

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US actress Diahann Carroll, who won Golden Globe and Tony awards and was nominated for an Oscar, has died.

Carroll, who was 84, starred in 1960s TV show Julia, the first US sitcom to centre on a black woman.

She was also the first black woman to win the Tony for best actress in 1962, for Broadway musical No Strings. She went on to be nominated for an Oscar for best actress in 1975 for Claudine.

In the 1980s, she played the scheming Dominique Deveraux in TV hit Dynasty.

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Image caption Pictured with her Dynasty co-star Linda Evans in 1984

She had been suffering from cancer and died at home in Los Angeles on Friday, her publicist said.