Diahann Carroll, trailblazing actress, dies of cancer at 84

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Diahann Carroll poses at the 2017 ABFF Awards: A Celebration of Hollywood at the Beverly Hilton on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) – Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series as “Julia,” has died. She was 84.

Carroll’s daughter, Susan Kay, told The Associated Press her mother died Friday in Los Angeles of cancer.

Carroll played Julia Baker, a nurse whose husband had been killed in Vietnam, in the groundbreaking situation comedy that aired from 1968 to 1971.

During her long career, Carroll earned a Tony Award for the musical “No Strings” and an Academy Award nomination for “Claudine.”

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