Pioneering Actress Diahann Carroll Dies At 84

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Pioneering Actress Diahann Carroll Dies At 84
Her daughter said she died early Friday at her home in Los Angeles.
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Legendary actress Diahann Carroll has died at the age of 84.

Her daughter, Suzanne Kay, confirmed the news, saying Carroll died early Friday at her home in Los Angeles. She was diagnosed with cancer in the 1990's.

Kay said of her mother, "She paved the way for many and never allowed anyone to limit or define her."

Carroll made history in 1968 when she became the first black woman to star in a TV series in a non-servant role. The show was "Julia," and Carroll played a nurse raising her son after her husband died in Vietnam.

Carroll was also the first black actor to win a Tony Award for a leading role in 1962, and in 1969 was the first to black actor to earn an Emmy nomination.

Carroll is survived by her daughter and grandchildren.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.