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'.