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Finding Aid for the Diahann Carroll Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Diahann Carroll Collection
    Collection number: 260-M
    Creator: Carroll, Diahann
    Extent: 76 boxes and 2 books
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: Scores of musical arrangements for television and stage productions.
    Physical location: COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Diahann Carroll Collection, 260-M, Performing Arts Special Collections , University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biographical Note

    Born Carol Diann Johnson, July 17, 1935 in the Bronx, NY. Having appeared for a short period in Arthur Godfrey's radio show as a child, she entered New York's High School of Music and Art at the age of 10. While enrolled in New York University, she modeled and sang in nightclubs and television In 1954 she had a minor part in the film "Carmen Jones" and she appeared on Broadway in the "House of Flowers" (Truman Capote and Harold Arlen), for which she received a Tony nomination for best supporting actress in a musical. She recorded her first solo album "" in 195?. In 1962 she won a Tony for her performance in the Broadway musical "No Strings" (Richard Rodgers). The original cast album for that show won a Grammy. The sixties also included numerous appearances on televsion, including an Emmy-nominated performance for .... In 1968 she starred in the television situation comedy "Julia", which ran until 1971, when she decided not to renew her contract. She was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress in 1974 for her starring role in the motion picture "Claudine". In 1984 she took a role in the series "Dynasty" and in 1995 she returned to stage in the Canadian production of the musical "Sunset Boulevard" (Andrew Lloyd Webber). [Source: Steven Otfinoski, "African Americans in the Performing Arts". Facts on File, 2003]

    Scope and Content

    There are musical arrangements, sound recordings, and books within this partial, initial inventory of the collection. The collection is arranged by series and subseries. Boxes 1-48 fall entirely within the musical arrangements series and have previously been described at the item level. Boxes 49-76 fall within the musical arrangements, sound recordings, and books series (when the books are placed in a box, that is) and are described at the box level as of May 2006.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Musical Arrangements
    • Series 2. Sound Recordings
    • Series 3. Books. 2 books

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Carroll, Diahann--Archives
    Television Music--Scores