Lawmakers mourn death of 'Julia' star Diahann Carroll
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Lawmakers are mourning the death of Diahann Carroll, lauding the Oscar-nominated actress as a "true pioneer" who "broke barriers."

The "Julia" star died Friday in Los Angeles at 84 due to cancer, according to The Associated Press.


Carroll was the first black woman to land a leading role on a TV series in which the character was not a domestic worker.

After "Julia" ended in 1971, she went on to roles in "Dynasty" and "A Different World." 

In 2008, Carroll celebrated then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders top target at CPAC Obama warns against 'unauthorized use' of his image to mislead voters in cease-and-desist letter MORE's (D-Ill.) White House victory, calling it "one of the most exciting things that's ever happened in the world. I did not know this would happen in my lifetime."

A number of lawmakers praised the performer on Twitter on Friday:

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden described Carroll as in "a league of her own."