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Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge’s profile picture
Net worth 2018: $19 Million
Industry: Singers
Residence: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Country: United States
BirthDay: 9 November 1922
Died On: September 8, 1965

Dorothy Dandridge was bornon 9 November 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., American, is Actress. Dorothy Jean Dandridge was an American film and stage actress, dancer and singer, most distinguished as the first African-American actress to earn an ‘Oscars’ nomination for Best Actress for her outstanding performance in the title role of the all-black film ‘Carmen Jones’ (1954). It was not at all easy for her as a black woman living in a prejudiced society to get lead or substantial roles that were easily available for the white-skinned divas and many of her initial films went without any credit. However her stunning beauty and charm along with acting and singing prowess helped her become the first African-American actress to bag leading roles in Hollywood in a career that did not have a long span but was marked with noteworthy films. Some of her notable films were ‘Island in the Sun’, ‘The Murder Men’ and ‘Porgy and Bess’. But this glamorous and remarkably talented performer faced an extremely perturbed life that was marked with a depressing childhood, fighting with the odds of racism, coming to terms with a number of unsuccessful relations, several setbacks in professional life, financial woes and the continuous battle against alcohol and drug abuse. The 1999 biopic, ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge’ was based on her. This yesteryear diva left the world under mysterious circumstances.


On January 18, 1983, she was posthumously conferred a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6719 Hollywood Boulevard


Her funeral service was held on September 12, 1965, at the ‘Little Chapel of the Flowers’


Her last notable film was Otto Preminger directed musical ‘Porgy and Bess’ (released on June 24, 1959)


Directed by Robert Rossen, the film was released on June 12, 1957 and became a subject of controversy due to its bold subject on inter-racial romance


‘Life’ magazine featured her on its cover on November 1, 1954, thus marking yet another accomplishment for her as the first black woman to achieve such feat


In 1953 she bagged the most remarkable film of her career, ‘Carmen Jones’, an all-black musical based on Oscar Hammerstein II's 1943 Broadway musical of the same title


In 1951 Dandridge became the first African-American to perform at the ‘Empire Room’, the supper club of ‘Waldorf-Astoria Hotel’ in New York City


Her only child, Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas, born out of her first marriage, on September 2, 1943, was mentally challenged due to brain damage suffered at the time of birth


Her first marriage was with dancer and entertainer Harold Nicholas from September 6, 1942 to October 1951


The role of Helen Fielding was her first credited film role that she did for the 1940 released supernatural crime film ‘Four Shall Die’ directed by William Beaudine


Thereafter she gave many uncredited performances as part of ‘The Dandridge Sisters’ in films like ‘It Can't Last Forever’ (1937), ‘A Day at the Races’ (1937) and ‘Going Places’ (1938)


It was based on a 1935 opera bearing the same title


In 1934 ‘The Wonder Children’ was re-christened as ‘The Dandridge Sisters’, which was joined by Etta Jones, a dance schoolmate


The Great Depression resulted in dearth of work so Ruby relocated to Hollywood, California in 1930 with her two daughters in search of steady work


She was born on November 9, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, as the second child of Cyril Dandridge and Ruby Dandridge

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