“Ever since Carol Diahann Johnson changed her name to Diahann Carroll and left the home of her middle-class parents in the mid-1950’s, she had been known as a ‘chic chanteuse’ and as a star very much in the mold that Lena Horne established in the 1940’s” (Feldstein, 2013, p.116).
Feldstein, R. (2013). How it feels to be free: Black women entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
For definitions of chanteuse, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.