Legendary actress and singer Diahann Carroll has died at the age of 84. Carroll was born and raised in Bronx, New York. She began her career as a nightclub performer. She would later perform on Broadway in several musicals including Carmen Jones and Porgy & Bess. In 1962, she became the first African-American woman to win a Tony award for her role in the musical No Strings.

Diahann Carroll again made history as the first African-American woman to star in a prime-time network series. The groundbreaking show, Julia, was one of the first scripted shows to portray an African-American woman in a non stereotypical light. Carroll’s grace and stellar acting brought the title character to life, a widowed nurse raising a young son. The series aired for three seasons.

Carroll would go on to star in several films, television shows, and Broadway plays including Dynasty, The Colbys, A Different World, The Five Heartbeats, and The Love Boat. She earned an Oscar nomination for her role in the 1974 film Claudine.

Diahann Carroll died October 4 after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her daughter, journalist Suzanne Kay and two grandchildren.