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Her first marriage, when she was 21, was to Monte Kay, a white Jewish casting director and jazz entrepreneur with whom she had her only child, her daughter, Suzanne. I was frightened by my feelings for Sidney.' A 'treacherous' near decade-long affair ensued, peppered with dramatic fights and passionate reunions.
Her tangled personal life – four failed marriages, two broken engagements – could be taken straight from the plot of Dynasty, the glitzy 1980s soap in which she played Dominique Devereaux, television's 'first black bitch' and one of her best-known roles.
Throughout her memoir, and in person, Carroll comes across as a formidable character.
She got the part in Dynasty when she contacted Aaron Spelling and told him she 'felt the show could not go on any further without having the first black bitch on television.
'I was quite young when I realised my parents were operating out of fear whenever we left the black community,' Carroll says. I didn't like the people who made my parents feel uncomfortable.
I wanted them to understand that what they were doing was inappropriate and disrespectful.' Carroll describes Barack Obama's election victory as 'one of the most exciting things that's ever happened in the world. He's a phenomenon as a human being.' While in her professional life Carroll always knew what she wanted, she is the first to admit she was at sea when it came to relationships.By the age of seven, when she appeared in a school production of Pinocchio, she had 'decided that this was the life that I wanted to lead.' Carroll attended the High School of Music and Art, in New York (one of the academies that inspired the film Fame), and, by 15, her tall, slim figure and high cheekbones had won her modelling work for Ebony magazine.