She appeared in Carmen Jones (1954) and Porgy and Bess (1959) two of the first major studio films to feature predominately African-American casts.
As the star of Julia, in 1968 she became the first Black woman to star in a network television series in a non-stereotypical role. She played Dominique Deveraux on Dynasty and Marion Gilbert on A Different World.
She has been nominated for numerous awards in her career that has spanned six decades including a groundbreaking Tony Award win in 1962 , a 1968 Golden Globe win for Julia and a 1974 Best Actress Academy Award nomination for Claudine.
In 2011 she was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
I have much love for Ms. Carroll as one of my style role models, a timeless beauty and a trailblazing actress.
Happy milestone birthday!