Diahann Carroll was also in director Martin Ritt's 1961 drama love story, PARIS BLUES. She's an American schoolteacher on vacation in Paris with her best friend. Joanne Woodward played her best friend. In Paris, they meet American musicians played by Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier.
In 1962, Diahann Carroll would open on Broadway in NO STRINGS, a musical drama with songs by Richard Rodgers. In yet another vehicle set in Paris, she would play a high fashion model living and working in Paris who meets and falls in love with a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist. The Black model can do better financially in Paris that she could back home in 1960s America. He's suffered from writer's block since arriving in France. She restores his confidence. Confidence restored, he wants to return to America. But will their interracial romance have the freedom at home that it does there in Paris? Social issues were the undercurrent in this show. Diahann Carroll introduced the song "The Sweetest Sounds." She also became the first Black woman to win the Tony Award for Best Actress in a musical.
Unfortunately, Hollywood didn't have the balls to make a film version of this groundbreaking hit Broadway musical, NO STRINGS. Here's "The Sweetest Sounds" sung by Diahann Carroll and Richard Kiley from the original Broadway cast recording