Diahann Carroll made her Broadway and film debuts in the mid-'50s, and in 1968, when her show "Julia" premiered, she became one of the first African American female stars of a television series.
In addition to her 1962 Tony award for "No Strings," best actress Golden Globe award in 1968 for "Julia" and Emmy and Grammy nominations, as well as numerous other tributes, she was nominated for a best actress Oscar in 1974 — long before Halle Berry's much ballyhooed nod 28 years later.
"It's very, very nice that Halle wins, it's lovely," Carroll said. "Did it have the meaning that it would have had, had I won it when I was 30? It would have had a different meaning. It doesn't have that meaning today. It's terrible, but that says it: It's very nice."