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Dorothy Dandridge

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Dandridge in trailer for The Decks Ran Red (1958).

Source: Wikipedia

Dorothy Jean Dandridge (November 9, 1922 – September 8, 1965) was an African-American film and theatre actress, singer and dancer. She is perhaps best known for being the first black actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1954 film Carmen Jones. Dandridge performed as a vocalist in venues such as the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater. During her early career, she performed as a part of The Wonder Children, later The Dandridge Sisters and appeared in a succession of films, usually in uncredited roles. In 1959, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Porgy and Bess. She is the subject of the 1999 HBO biographical film, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. She has been recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Dandridge was married and divorced twice, first to dancer Harold Nicholas (the father of her daughter, Harolyn Suzanne) and then to hotel owner Jack Denison. Dandridge died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 42.

Fact file

  • Born: Dorothy Jean Dandridge November 9, 1922 Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
  • Died: September 8, 1965 (aged 42) West Hollywood, California, U.S.
  • Cause of death: Embolism or Overdose
  • Resting place: Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale, California)
  • Other names: Dorothy Dandridge-Nicholas Dorothy Nicholas Dorothy Dandridge-Denison Dorothy Denison
  • Occupation: Actress, Singer, Dancer
  • Years active: 1933–65
  • Spouse(s): Harold Nicholas (m. 1942; div. 1951) Jack Denison (m. 1959; div. 1962)
  • Children: Harolyn Suzzane Nicholas (b.1943; d.2003)
  • Parent(s): Ruby Dandridge Cyril Dandridge
  • Family: Vivian Dandridge (sister) Nayo Wallace (great-niece)

Read more about Dorothy Dandridge at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

In the news

AFI Fest highlights Dorothy Dandridge, Ida Lupino and Anna May Wong
LA Times Entertainme, 2016-09-23 00:25:00
The upcoming AFI Fest announced Thursday that it will highlight “a trio of diverse female trailblazers” to be featured on the festival’s key art and included in the programming lineup. Dorothy Dandridge, Ida Lupino and Anna May Wong will all be given special recognition by the festival. "This year,...

Variety, 2016-09-22 19:00:14
The American Film Institute is celebrating Dorothy Dandridge, Ida Lupino and Anna May Wong as female trailblazers in Hollywood as part of its upcoming AFI Fest in November. Dandridge was the first African American nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award; Lupino was a pioneering director, writer, producer and actress ...

National Film Registry Inducts "Porgy and Bess," "Forrest Gump," "Silence of the Lambs" Motion Pictures
Playbill Combined , 2011-12-28 15:52:00
The 1959 film of "Porgy and Bess," starring Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge, as well as "The Silence of the Lambs," "Forrest Gump" and Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" are among the 2011 films inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

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