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.
Full Name Dorothy Dandridge
Date Of Birth November 9, 1922
Died September 8, 1965, West Hollywood, California, United States
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
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.
Delivered her daughter Harolynn via forceps.
Became pregnant by her then-lover Otto Preminger but underwent an abortion in March 1957.
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.
She was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6719 Hollywood Boulevard on January 18, 1983.
Following her untimely death, she was cremated and her ashes were interred in the Freedom Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
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).
Died broke and deeply in debt in her apartment at 8495 Fountain Avenue, West Hollywood.
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.
She was first choice for the role of Cleopatra but ultimately the role went to Elizabeth Taylor.
She was the first African-American actress to be Oscar-nominated for "Best Actress in a Leading Role".
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.
Dated music composer Phil Moore, who was instrumental in launching her career as a nightclub singer in the 1940s.
She loved soul food. Her favorite was chitterlings and greens, which she ate only once a week.
Suffered from near paralyzing stage fright whenever she had to perform.
Although she was a top-notch nightclub/cabaret singer, she despised that.
She was the first African-American woman to grace the cover of Life magazine.
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.
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.
Now thought to have suffered from manic-depression, also referred to as bi-polar disorder.
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.".