CDA: Diahann Carroll
A true trailblazer! Thank you to my dear David Jay for breaking the news to me. She was something else, yes? She had many firsts, but the one that I find most interesting is that she was the first African-American actor to replace a European-American actor in a Broadway play, as the psychiatrist in *Agnes of God.*
Here she in the 80s, singing "The Sweetest Sounds," the lovely song she introduced in 1962, in the musical *No Strings.* The arrangement in this performance is so hilariously awful.
And here's Miss Carroll's first appearance on *Dynasty:*
And her first showdown with the redoubtable Joan Collins: