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Dorothy Dandridge (1922 - 1965)

Pushed by her mother, Dorothy Dandridge formed, as a child, a singing and dancing ensemble, The 'Wonder Children', with her sister, Vivian and Etta Jones. In 1937, the group was renamed 'The Dandridge Sisters' and performed in popular venues such as the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theatre, in New York. Installed in Hollywood, Dorothy Dandridge earned minor roles before her first notable act in Tarzan's Peril, in 1951, followed by Bright Road, in 1953. After that, she difficultly found other roles and occasionally sang in nightclubs before being cast by lover, Otto Preminger, for the main role of Carmen Jones alongside Harry Belafonte, in 1954. The film was a success and the actress obtained a nomination for Best Actress, a première for an African American woman. The 'Black Marilyn Monroe' refused many roles until 1959's Porgy and Bess for which she received positive critical reviews while the film was a box-office failure due to the controversial stereotyped depiction of its African American characters. Dorothy Dandridge suffered from the lack of opportunities Hollywood offered, she was too beautiful to incarnate the typical black characters cinema proposed and when she accepted popular roles, she was accused by fellow African Americans to be sold. From 1961, all film propositions had disappeared and the actress returned to singing in nightclubs. Hollywood proved to be unfair with its dark-skinned members: 'If I were white, I would capture the world'.

Tags / Dorothy Dandridge - Muses - Cinematic Women - 1940s - Exotic - Sexy - American Actress - Sing - Dance
 Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte in Carmen Jones directed by Otto Preminger, 1954
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte in Carmen Jones directed by Otto Preminger, 1954
Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones directed by Otto Preminger, 1954
Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones directed by Otto Preminger, 1954
Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones directed by Otto Preminger, 1954
Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones directed by Otto Preminger, 1954
Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones directed by Otto Preminger, 1954
Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones directed by Otto Preminger, 1954
Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones directed by Otto Preminger, 1954
Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones directed by Otto Preminger, 1954
Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge in Island in the Sun directed by Robert Rossen
Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge in Island in the Sun directed by Robert Rossen
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge in Island in the Sun directed by Robert Rossen
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge in Island in the Sun directed by Robert Rossen
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge in Island in the Sun directed by Robert Rossen
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge in Island in the Sun directed by Robert Rossen
Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones directed by Otto Preminger, 1954
Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones directed by Otto Preminger, 1954
Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge in Porgy and Bess directed by Otto Preminger, 1959
Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge in Porgy and Bess directed by Otto Preminger, 1959
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge in Island in the Sun directed by Robert Rossen, 1957
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge in Island in the Sun directed by Robert Rossen, 1957
 Dorothy Dandridge in The Decks Ran Red directed by Andrew L. Stone, 1958
Dorothy Dandridge in The Decks Ran Red directed by Andrew L. Stone, 1958
Dorothy Dandridge in Tamango directed by John Berry, 1958
Dorothy Dandridge in Tamango directed by John Berry, 1958
Dorothy Dandridge in Tamango directed by John Berry, 1958
Dorothy Dandridge in Tamango directed by John Berry, 1958
Dorothy Dandridge in Tamango directed by John Berry, 1958
Dorothy Dandridge in Tamango directed by John Berry, 1958
Dorothy Dandridge in Tamango directed by John Berry, 1958
Dorothy Dandridge in Tamango directed by John Berry, 1958
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge in Porgy and Bess directed by Otto Preminger, 1959
Gjon Mili, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge in Porgy and Bess directed by Otto Preminger, 1959
Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge in Porgy and Bess directed by Otto Preminger, 1959
Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge in Porgy and Bess directed by Otto Preminger, 1959
Dorothy Dandridge in Porgy and Bess directed by Otto Preminger, 1959
Dorothy Dandridge in Porgy and Bess directed by Otto Preminger, 1959
Edward Clark, portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Edward Clark, portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge in Tarzan's Peril directed by Phil Brandon , 1951
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge in Tarzan's Peril directed by Phil Brandon , 1951
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge in Tarzan's Peril directed by Phil Brandon , 1951
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge in Tarzan's Peril directed by Phil Brandon , 1951
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge in Island in the Sun directed by Robert Rossen
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge in Island in the Sun directed by Robert Rossen
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951, photo by Edward Clark
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951, photo by Edward Clark
Allan Grant, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1954
Allan Grant, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1954
Dorothy Dandridge walking down the stairs in London night Club, 1951, photo by Larry Burrows
Dorothy Dandridge walking down the stairs in London night Club, 1951, photo by Larry Burrows
Dorothy Dandridge in London night Club, 1951, photo by Larry Burrows
Dorothy Dandridge in London night Club, 1951, photo by Larry Burrows
Dorothy Dandridge and Sammy davis Jr in Porgy and Bess directed by Otto Preminger, 1959, photo by Gjon Mili
Dorothy Dandridge and Sammy davis Jr in Porgy and Bess directed by Otto Preminger, 1959, photo by Gjon Mili
Dorothy Dandridge and Sammy davis Jr in Porgy and Bess directed by Otto Preminger, 1959, photo by Gjon Mili
Dorothy Dandridge and Sammy davis Jr in Porgy and Bess directed by Otto Preminger, 1959, photo by Gjon Mili
Otto Preminger, sidney Pottier and Dorothy Dandridge Porgy and Bess directed by Otto Preminger, 1959, photo by Gjon Mili
Otto Preminger, sidney Pottier and Dorothy Dandridge Porgy and Bess directed by Otto Preminger, 1959, photo by Gjon Mili
Otto Preminger, sidney Pottier and Dorothy Dandridge Porgy and Bess directed by Otto Preminger, 1959, photo by Gjon Mili
Otto Preminger, sidney Pottier and Dorothy Dandridge Porgy and Bess directed by Otto Preminger, 1959, photo by Gjon Mili
Otto Preminger, sidney Pottier and Dorothy Dandridge Porgy and Bess directed by Otto Preminger, 1959, photo by Gjon Mili
Otto Preminger, sidney Pottier and Dorothy Dandridge Porgy and Bess directed by Otto Preminger, 1959, photo by Gjon Mili
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones directed by Otto Preminger, 1954
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones directed by Otto Preminger, 1954
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, mermaid gown vy Zelda Wynn Valdes, 1953
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, mermaid gown vy Zelda Wynn Valdes, 1953
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1953
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1953
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1950's, photo by Halsman
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1950's, photo by Halsman
 Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1953
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1953
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1956
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1956
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1956
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1956
John Springer, Portrait of Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge in Island in the Sun directed by Robert Rossen
John Springer, Portrait of Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge in Island in the Sun directed by Robert Rossen
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1950's
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1950's
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1950's
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1950's
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Edward Clark, Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1951
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1950's
Portrait of Dorothy Dandridge, 1950's
Dorothy Dandridge, 1965
Dorothy Dandridge, 1965
Dorothy Dandridge, 1960's
Dorothy Dandridge, 1960's
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