RIP Diahann Carroll

Tim with Diahann Carroll in 2014.

Trailblazer, talent, beauty, icon, legend – just a few of the many wonderful words being used to remember Diahann Carroll today. Most of you in this fandom, of course, knew her as June Ellington, but she’d had a long and groundbreaking career before moving into that mansion on Riverside Drive. She won a Tony in 1962, a Golden Globe in 1969, was nominated for four Emmys and an Academy Award, and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2011. As the star of “Julia” in the late 1960s, she was the first black actress cast in a lead, non-servant role. Depending on your age, you may also remember her from recurring roles on “Dynasty,” “A Different World,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Tim with Diahann Carroll in the White Collar episode, Power Play.

On a more personal note, I loved Diahann’s role on WC. From the first episode to the last, she brought elegance, grace, and even a bit of sass to June and made her a character that everyone loved. I was so happy that a whole new generation was introduced to her singing, and I thought she had such beautiful diction while speaking as well. (And as someone who is admittedly fluent in profanity, I chuckled at the fact that even someone as classy as Diahann was not immune to the occasional expletive, as evidenced in the season six gag reel.)

Rest easy, Ms. Carroll. You will certainly be missed. Also, fuck cancer.

3 Comments on “RIP Diahann Carroll”

  1. Yes. Thank you.
    Diahann Carroll was, as Tim stated it, a legend. She was a groundbreaking artist who broke barriers. With class.
    RIP with soaring wings

  2. A sad day! All we can do is take a moment to appreciate the woman and her collective works. RIP. (And I agree F cancer!)

  3. Such sad news. She was such a grace in White Collar and as someone too young (and not American) I am glad the show gave me the opportunity to know her. Thank you for your beautiful world, Daclaren.

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