Carroll was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe in 1975 for her leading actress turn in the film Claudine, and won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for her role in No Strings.
Carroll was a TV trailblazer. In 1968, she became the first Black woman to star in her own series, Julia. Julia was a widowed, educated nurse with a middle class income. Until then, Black women were portrayed on TV in stereotyped roles in domestic service. Carroll was nominated for an Emmy and won the Golden Globe for her work on the series.
Most may remember Carroll for her iconic turn as the fabulous, Dominique Deveraux on the ABC primetime soap opera Dynasty. She was a fixture on the series from 1984-1987.
Carroll was also a part of the daytime community. She was nominated for a daytime Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Performance in a Children's Special/Series for her role in The Sweetest Gift.