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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.

{mosads}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 Obama’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.”

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