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Dorothy Dandridge

Biography

American actress and singer most widely known for played out the best role in Carmen Jones, a performance that attained her a Golden World Award for Ideal Celebrity in 1954. Five years later on, she received a Golden World Award nomination on her behalf part in Porgy and Bess. She utilized to frequently perform in the Natural cotton Club as well as the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. She was the 1st black actress to get an Academy Honor nomination to discover the best Celebrity category. She got wedded twice, and experienced a child with her 1st spouse Harold Nicholas. Her second relationship was to Jack port Denison in 1959. She was portrayed by Halle Berry within the HBO film Presenting Dorothy Dandridge.

Quick Facts


Full Name Dorothy Dandridge
Date Of Birth November 9, 1922
Died September 8, 1965, West Hollywood, California, United States
Place Of Birth Cleveland, OH
Height 1.65 m
Profession Movie Actress
Nationality American
Spouse Jack Denison, Harold Nicholas
Children Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas
Parents Ruby Dandridge, Cyril Dandridge
Siblings Vivian Dandridge
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series or Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie, ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards - Television Movie or Mini-Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction - Miniseries, Movie or a Special, American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Movies of the Week/Pilots
Music Groups Dandridge Sisters
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
Movies Carmen Jones, Porgy and Bess, Island in the Sun, Bright Road, Tamango, The Decks Ran Red, Tarzan's Peril, Drums of the Congo, Four Shall Die, Lady from Louisiana, Hit Parade of 1943, The Harlem Globetrotters, Sundown, Moment of Danger, Atlantic City, Sun Valley Serenade, Lucky Jordan, Redeemer
TV Shows Light's Diamond Jubilee
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1 Although her death was originally attributed to an embolism, the L.A. medical examiner attributed it to an overdose of the anti-depression medication Tofranil.
2 Delivered her daughter Harolynn via forceps.
3 Became pregnant by her then-lover Otto Preminger but underwent an abortion in March 1957.
4 Gave birth to her only child at age 20, a daughter named Harolynn Suzanne Nicholas on September 2, 1943. The father was her first husband, Harold Nicholas. Harolynn was born with a brain injury and reportedly died in 2003.
5 She was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6719 Hollywood Boulevard on January 18, 1983.
6 Following her untimely death, she was cremated and her ashes were interred in the Freedom Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
7 Is one of 26 actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination for their performance in a musical; hers being Carmen Jones (1954). The others, in chronological order, are: Bessie Love (The Broadway Melody (1929)), Grace Moore (One Night of Love (1934)), Jean Hagen (Singin' in the Rain (1952)), Marjorie Rambeau (Torch Song (1953)), Deborah Kerr (The King and I (1956)), Rita Moreno (West Side Story (1961)), Gladys Cooper (My Fair Lady (1964)), Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins (1964), The Sound of Music (1965) and Victor Victoria (1982)), Debbie Reynolds (The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)), Peggy Wood (The Sound of Music (1965)), Carol Channing (Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)), Kay Medford (Funny Girl (1968)), Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl (1968)), Liza Minnelli (Cabaret (1972)), Ronee Blakley (Nashville (1975)), Lily Tomlin (Nashville (1975)), Ann-Margret (Tommy (1975)), Lesley Ann Warren (Victor Victoria (1982)), Amy Irving (Yentl (1983)), Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge! (2001)), Queen Latifah (Chicago (2002)), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago (2002)), Renée Zellweger (Chicago (2002)), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls (2006)), Penelope Cruz (Nine (2009)), Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables (2012)), and Meryl Streep (Into the Woods (2014)).
8 Had appeared on the cover of the June 2, 1952 issue of Quick magazine.
9 Great aunt of Nayo Wallace.
10 Madame Sul-Te-Wan was not her real0life grandmother, as is often rumored. In the definitive biography on Dandridge, by Donald Bogle, it is suggested that this rumor started because she played Dandridge's grandmother in Carmen Jones (1954).
11 Referred to by Lena Horne as " . . . our Marilyn Monroe.".
12 Had been involved with Rat Packer and actor Peter Lawford, who attended her funeral.
13 Is one of 10 African-American actresses to be nominated for the Best Actress Oscar. The others in chronological order are: Diana Ross, Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Gabourey Sidibe, Viola Davis and Quvenzhané Wallis.
14 Died broke and deeply in debt in her apartment at 8495 Fountain Avenue, West Hollywood.
15 She was the first African-American to be nominated for a "Best Actress" Oscar. Halle Berry, who portrayed Dorothy in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), became the first African-American to win "Best Actress" at the Academy Awards.
16 She was first choice for the role of Cleopatra but ultimately the role went to Elizabeth Taylor.
17 She was the first African-American actress to be Oscar-nominated for "Best Actress in a Leading Role".
18 Was considered for the role of Billie Holiday in a movie; however, the project did not materialize in her lifetime. When the movie did come to pass, the role was portrayed by Diana Ross.
19 Dated music composer Phil Moore, who was instrumental in launching her career as a nightclub singer in the 1940s.
20 Her best friend was Geraldine Pate Nicholas Branton, former wife of Fayard Nicholas, of the tap dancing duo The Nicholas Brothers, who was her ex-brother-in-law.
21 She loved soul food. Her favorite was chitterlings and greens, which she ate only once a week.
22 Suffered from near paralyzing stage fright whenever she had to perform.
23 Although she was a top-notch nightclub/cabaret singer, she despised that.
24 She was the first African-American woman to grace the cover of Life magazine.
25 In September 1965 The New York Times reported that her death was caused by bone marrow particles from a fractured metatarsal bone in her right foot that entered her bloodstream and reached her brain and lungs.
26 She was pursued for the role of Tuptim in The King and I (1956), but turned it down on the advice of Otto Preminger, who advised her not to accept a role in which she was not the star (the biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) also implies that it was because the character was a slave). Rita Moreno was subsequently cast in the role.
27 Now thought to have suffered from manic-depression, also referred to as bi-polar disorder.
28 At the time of her death, there was $2.14 in her bank account. She left a handwritten letter: "In case of my death - whoever discovers it - Don't remove anything I have on - scarf, gown, or underwear. Cremate me right away - if I have any money, furniture, give it to my mother, Ruby Dandridge - She will know what to do.".
29 Younger sister of Vivian Dandridge.
30 Daughter of Ruby Dandridge.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Night Before the Divorce 1942 Party Maid (uncredited)
Ride 'Em Cowboy 1942 Dancer (uncredited)
Bahama Passage 1941 Thalia
Sundown 1941 Kipsang's Wife
Sun Valley Serenade 1941 Specialty
Lady from Louisiana 1941 Felice
Four Shall Die 1940 Helen Fielding
Irene 1940 One of the Dandridge Sisters (uncredited)
Going Places 1938 Member of The Dandridge Sisters (uncredited)
Snow Gets in Your Eyes 1938 Short One of the Dandridge Sisters (uncredited)
It Can't Last Forever 1937 Dandridge Sisters Act (uncredited)
A Day at the Races 1937 Black Singer (uncredited)
Easy to Take 1936 Member of the Dandridge Sisters (uncredited)
The Big Broadcast of 1936 1935 Member of the Dandridge Sisters (as The Dandridge Sisters)
Teacher's Beau 1935 Short Cabin Kid
Marco Polo 1962/II Empress Zaire
Cain's Hundred 1962 TV Series Norma Sherman
Malaga 1960 Gianna
Porgy and Bess 1959 Bess
The Decks Ran Red 1958 Mahia
Tamango 1958 Aiché, Reiker's mistress
Island in the Sun 1957 Margot Seaton
Carmen Jones 1954 Carmen Jones
Remains to Be Seen 1953 Dorothy Dandridge
Bright Road 1953 Jane Richards
The Harlem Globetrotters 1951 Ann Carpenter
Tarzan's Peril 1951 Melmendi, Queen of the Ashuba
Atlantic City 1944 Singer
Since You Went Away 1944 Black Officer's Wife in Train Station (uncredited)
Hit Parade of 1943 1943 Count Basie Band Singer
Happy Go Lucky 1943 Showgirl (uncredited)
Lucky Jordan 1942 Hollyhock School Maid (uncredited)
Drums of the Congo 1942 Princess Malimi
Night in New Orleans 1942 Sal, Shadrach's Girl (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sing Your Song 2011 Documentary performer: "Dat's Love"
Myra Breckinridge 1970 performer: "Chattanooga Choo Choo" - uncredited
Cain's Hundred 1962 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Porgy and Bess 1959 performer: "Bess, You Is My Woman Now", "What You Want With Bess?", "I Loves You Porgy", "Summertime" reprise
The 29th Annual Academy Awards 1957 TV Special documentary performer: "Julie"
Carmen Jones 1954 performer: "DAT'S LOVE", "YOU GO FOR ME", "DERE'S A CAFE ON DE CORNER", "WHIZZIN' AWAY ALONG DE TRACK", "THERE'S A MAN I'M CRAZY FOR", "CARD SONG", "FINAL DUET", "STRING ME HIGH ON A TREE"
Remains to Be Seen 1953 performer: "Taking a Chance on Love" - uncredited
Bright Road 1953 performer: "Church in the Wildwood", "Sweet and Low" - uncredited
Pillow to Post 1945 performer: "Whatcha Say?" 1945 - uncredited
Atlantic City 1944 "RHYTHM FOR SALE" / performer: "HARLEM ON PARADE"
A Zoot Suit with a Reet Pleat 1942 Short performer: "A Zoot Suit for My Sunday Gal"
Cow-Cow Boogie 1942 Short performer: "Cow Cow Boogie"
Sun Valley Serenade 1941 performer: "Chattanooga Choo Choo" 1941 - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pretty Dudes 2016 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Dieter & Andreas 1989 Short grateful acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That Regis Philbin Show 1965 TV Series Herself
Juke Box Jury 1964 TV Series Herself - Panellist
Freedom Spectacular 1964 TV Movie Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1963 TV Series Herself - Co-Host
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show 1952-1961 TV Series Herself / Singer
The 29th Annual Academy Awards 1957 TV Special documentary Herself - Performer & Presenter: Best Special Effects
Ford Star Jubilee 1956 TV Series Herself
Film Fanfare 1956 TV Series Herself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1956 TV Series Herself
The 27th Annual Academy Awards 1955 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Film Editing (In New York)
Light's Diamond Jubilee 1954 TV Movie documentary Herself
The George Jessel Show 1954 TV Series Herself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1951-1953 TV Series Herself - Singer
Songs for Sale 1952 TV Series Herself
Cavalcade of Stars 1952 TV Series Herself - Guest Vocalist
Pillow to Post 1945 Herself - Vocalist (uncredited)
A Zoot Suit with a Reet Pleat 1942 Short Herself
Cow-Cow Boogie 1942 Short Herself
Easy Street 1941 Short Herself
Lazybones 1941 Short Herself - Dancer
Yes, Indeed! 1941 Short Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Harlem Renaissance 2004 Video documentary Herself
Dorothy Dandridge: Singing at Her Best 2003 Video Herself
Dorothy Dandridge: An American Beauty 2003 TV Movie documentary
Great Performances 2003 TV Series Herself
It's Black Entertainment 2002 TV Special documentary Herself
Redeemer 2002 TV Movie
American Masters 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
Biography 1997-1999 TV Series documentary Herself - Subject / Herself
Classified X 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
That's Black Entertainment 1990 Documentary Herself
Brown Sugar 1986 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals 1974 TV Movie Herself
The Murder Men 1961 Norma Sherman
Ebony Parade 1947 Herself (as Dorothy Daindridge)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 18 January 1983. At 6719 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actress - Comedy or Musical Porgy and Bess (1959)
1960 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Female Musical Performance Porgy and Bess (1959)
1956 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Foreign Actress Carmen Jones (1954)
1955 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Carmen Jones (1954)

TitleSalary
Cain's Hundred (1961) $3,500 (duplicated each rerun)
Moment of Danger (1960) $75,000
Porgy and Bess (1959) $75,000
The Decks Ran Red (1958) $75,000
Tamango (1958) $100,000
Island in the Sun (1957) $75,000
Carmen Jones (1954) $1,800 /week
Remains to Be Seen (1953) $3,000
Bright Road (1953) $1,500 /week

#Quote
1 Carmen Jones (1954) was the best break I've ever had. But no producer ever knocked on my door. There just aren't that many parts for a black actress.
2 If I were white, I could capture the world.
3 It [prejudice] is such a waste. It makes you logy and half-alive. It gives you nothing. It takes away.

#Trademark
1 Hot cool singing style
2 Beauty mark on chin
3 Her beautiful dark eyes

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