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The singer and actress Diahann Carroll was as famous for her elegance as she was for her acting and her voice. She died today at her home in Los Angeles from complications of breast cancer. She was 84. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates has this appreciation.

KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, BYLINE: If you're of a certain age and love Broadway, you might recall Diahann Carroll as the ingenue who costarred in the 1961 musical drama "No Strings" where she won a Tony.

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An odd thing happened in the middle of Manhattan today, and it sounded like this.

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