Ava DuVernay, Lee Daniels, and more celebs pay tribute to Diahann Carroll

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Fans are mourning the death of iconic, groundbreaking actress, Diahann Carroll. The Oscar-nominated actress best-known for her groundbreaking Tv show Julia died on Friday at age 84.

During her long career, Carroll earned a Tony Award for the musical No Strings and an Academy Award nomination for Claudine.

Several celebrities including Ava DuVernay, Lee Daniels, Sanaa Lathan, and Rev. Jesse Jackson have taken to social media to pay tribute to the late legend.

Diahann Carroll, Oscar-nominated, pioneering actress, dies

“Diahann Carroll walked this earth for 84 years and broke ground with every footstep. An icon. One of the all-time greats. She blazed trails through dense forests and elegantly left diamonds along the path for the rest of us to follow. Extraordinary life. Thank you, Ms. Carroll,” wrote Ava DuVernay.

“#DiahannCarroll was a transformative force for freedom. She identified with Dr King in the civil rights movement with a simple kiss. She brought down ancient barriers & built bridges.She left the world better than she found it. We are in her debt. We miss her so much already. RIP,” posted Rev. Jesse Jackson. 
“Thank you for blazing trails where there were none. #diahanncarroll #rip,” wrote Tika Sumpter. 

“Rest In Power to legendary actress #DiahannCarroll. The first African American woman to star in a non-servant role in a tv series,” tweeted the NAACP. 

“RIP #diahanncarroll when Ms Carroll learned Hal Kanter, who created #Julia thought she was too glamorous for the part, she was determined to change his mind. She altered her hairstyle, mastered the pilot script, quickly convincing him that she was the right woman for the role!,” posted Sheryl Lee Ralph.