Diahann Carroll is an American actress, singer, and model born in New York City, New York on July 17, 1935. She became well known performing in some of the earliest major studio films to have black casts. She is also the first black woman to win a Tony Award for best actress in 1962 for her role in the Broadway musical No Strings. At 15 years old she was modeling for the magazine Ebony and at 18 years old she appeared as a contestant on the talent competition show Chance of a Lifetime and won for 5 weeks. She made her debut in film in 1954 in the movie Carmen Jones and continued landing roles in the films Porgy and Bess, Paris Blues, Sister, Sister, The Five Heartbeats, Goodbye Again, The Masked Saint and more. She also made her debut in theater in 1954 in the production of House of Flowers. Carroll has since had roles in productions of Same Time, Next Year, Love Letters, Sunset Boulevard, A Raisin in the Sun, On Golden Pond and others. She has had roles and made appearances in the television shows The Man in the Moon, Julia, The Judy Garland Show, A Different World, White Collar and more. In 1957 she released her debut studio album titled Diahann Carroll Sings Harold Arlen Songs and went on to release 13 more albums. Throughout her career she has been nominated for a number of awards and has won a Tony Award and a Golden Globe Award. In 2011 she was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.