Dorothy Dandridge Actor

Dorothy dandridge

Dorothy Jean Dandridge (November 9, 1922 – September 8, 1965) was an American actress and popular singer, and was the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She performed as a vocalist in venues such as the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater. After several minor bit parts in films, Dandridge landed her first noted film role in Tarzan's Peril (starring Lex Barker), in 1951. Dandridge won her first starring role in 1953, playing a teacher in a low-budget film with a nearly all-black cast, Bright Road, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In 1954, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Carmen Jones, and in 1959 she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Porgy and Bess. In 1999, she was the subject of the HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, starring Halle Berry as Dandridge. She has been recognized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Dandridge was married and divorced twice, first to dancer and entertainer Harold Nicholas (the father of her daughter, Harolyn Suzanne) and then to Jack Denison.

Personal details

Date of birth
November 9th, 1922
Place of birth
Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
Nationality
United States of America
Date of death
September 8th, 1965 at age of 42
Place of death
West Hollywood
Cause of death
Drug overdose
Ethnicity
African American
Places lived
Cleveland , Ohio
pop. 390,113 (2013)

Family

Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children

Musical acts

1.Dandridge Sisters

The Dandridge Sisters were an African American all-girl band trio that started in 1934 in Los Angeles and ended in 1940 containing the sisters Vivian and Dorothy Dandridge along with their friend Etta Jones. They had a short period of fame traveling around the United States performing for night clubs, theatres, radio shows, and eventually left the United States to tour in Europe. Dorothy Dandridge however, decided to become a solo artist, so the band split up and each woman then pursued small projects on their own.

Member history

Member Role Start End
Etta Jones

Movie performances

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Drama126.13
Romance65.97
Musical36.87
Adventure26.0
Music36.1
Crime36.23

1. The Murder Men (1961)

Crime, Drama
played Norma Sherman
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
73.0
John Peyser

The Murder Men is a 1961 film directed by John Peyser.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

2. Moment of Danger (1960)

Crime, Drama
played Gianna
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
97.0

Malaga is a 1960 crime drama film starring Trevor Howard, Dorothy Dandridge, and Edmund Purdom. It was filmed in Europe in the late months of 1959 under the original title, Moment of Danger, but when filming was completed the title was changed to Malaga, for reasons unknown. The film's low-budget-ness delayed its American release for nearly two years. The film is based on the novel by Donald Mackenzie, and it was brought to the screen by David D. Osborn. The film proved to be the final completed film for Dorothy Dandridge. In the movie Dorothy Dandridge was cast as a woman of color of European descent with the Italian name of Gianna. In some pre-release publicity, one magazine article made a point of saying that when Trevor Howard's character kissed Dorothy, it was the first time she had received an on-screen kiss from a white man in her career. There was no screen kiss between the two actors in this film. What the magazine described had in fact occurred when starring with German actor Curd Jürgens in the 1958 Italian production of Tamango.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America, United Kingdom

3. Porgy and Bess (1959)

Drama, Musical, Romance
played Bess
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
139.0
1 Show list 2 Show list $7M

Porgy and Bess is a 1959 American musical film directed by Otto Preminger. It is based on the 1935 opera of the same name by George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, and Ira Gershwin, which is in turn based on Heyward's 1925 novel Porgy, and the subsequent 1927 non-musical stage adaptation he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy. The screenplay for the film, which turned the operatic recitatives into spoken dialogue, was very closely based on the opera and was written by N. Richard Nash. The project proved to be the last for Samuel Goldwyn, who had produced Wuthering Heights, The Best Years of Our Lives, and Guys and Dolls, among many others, during his lengthy career. Due to its controversial subject matter, the film was shown only briefly following its initial reserved seat engagements in major cities, where it drew mixed reviews from critics. Two months after its release, Goldwyn grudgingly conceded, "No one is waiting breathlessly for my next picture." In 2011, the film was chosen for inclusion in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

Awards

1959 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
1959 Academy Award for Best Original Musical

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

4. The Decks Ran Red (1958)

Adventure, Drama
played Mahia
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
84.0
1 Show list

The Decks Ran Red is a 1958 M-G-M seagoing suspense drama based on the book Infamy at Sea, and directed by Andrew L. Stone. The feature starred James Mason, Dorothy Dandridge, Broderick Crawford, and Stuart Whitman. The film received generally poor reviews, but received wide viewership for Dorothy Dandridge's role. Filming took place in southern California aboard the Chios, Greece-registered SS Igor, a World War II Liberty Ship owned by the Los and Pezas shipowning families.

Awards

Top cast

Capt. Edwin Rummill
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

5. Tamango (1958)

Drama, History
played Aiché, Reiker's mistress
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
98.0
Lee Gold
, ,
Tamara Hovey
,
3 Show list

Tamango is a 1958 French/Italian film directed by John Berry, a black-listed American director who exiled himself to Europe. Dorothy Dandridge and Curd Jürgens star in the film with co-stars Alex Cressan and Jean Servais. Based on the short story by Prosper Mérimée first published in 1829, the film is about a slave ship on its crossing from Africa to Cuba, the various people it carries and the slaves' rebellion while on board.

Awards

Top cast

Captain John Reinker
Doctor Corot
1st Mate Bebe
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
French, English
Italy, France

6. Island in the Sun (1957)

Drama, Romance
played Margot Seaton
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
119.0
$2.25M

Island in the Sun is a 1957 drama film produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and directed by Robert Rossen. It features an ensemble cast including James Mason, Harry Belafonte, Joan Fontaine, Joan Collins, Dorothy Dandridge, Michael Rennie, Stephen Boyd, Patricia Owens, John Justin, Diana Wynyard, and Basil Sydney. The film is about race relations and interracial romance set in the fictitious island of Santa Marta. Barbados and Grenada were selected as the sites for the movie based on the novel by Alec Waugh. The film was controversial at the time of its release.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

7. Carmen Jones (1954)

Drama, Musical, Romance
played Carmen Jones
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
105.0
Harry Kleiner
6 Show list 2 Show list $750K

Carmen Jones is a 1954 American musical film produced and directed by Otto Preminger. The screenplay by Harry Kleiner is based on the libretto for the 1943 stage production of the same name by Oscar Hammerstein II, which was inspired by an adaptation of the 1845 Prosper Mérimée novella Carmen by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. Hammerstein also wrote the lyrics to music composed by Georges Bizet for his 1875 opera Carmen. In 1992, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

Awards

1954 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
1954 Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actor

Top cast

Sergeant Brown
Rum Daniels
Dink Franklin
Frankie
Carmen Jones
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
World War II
Mary Ann Nyberg
Carmen Jones (1991 original London cast)
English
United States of America

8. Remains to Be Seen (1953)

Comedy, Crime, Music
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
88.0
12 Show list

Remains to Be Seen is a 1953 comedy crime mystery musical film based on the story by Russel Crouse and Howard Lindsay, written by Sidney Sheldon and directed by Don Weis.

Awards

Top cast

Valeska Chauvel
Delapp
Detective Minetti
Benjamin Goodman
Kyle Manning
Waldo Williams
Dr. Glenson
Mr. Bennett
Lt. O'Flair
Jody Revere
Mrs. West
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Robert H. Planck
English
United States of America

9. Bright Road (1953)

Drama, Music
played Jane Richards
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
69.0
Sol Baer Fielding
Gerald Mayer
Emmet Lavery
4 Show list

Bright Road is a 1953 film written by Emmet Lavery and directed by Gerald Mayer.

Awards

Top cast

Booker T. Jones
Tanya's Mother
Dr. Mitchell
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

10. The Harlem Globetrotters (1951)

Drama, Sport
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
78.0
,
Will Jason

The Harlem Globetrotters is a 1951 film directed by Phil Brown and Will Jason.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Basketball
English
United States of America

11. Tarzan's Peril (1951)

Action, Adventure
played Melmendi, Queen of the Ashuba
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
78.0
1 Show list

Tarzan's Peril is a 1951 film starring Lex Barker as Tarzan and Virginia Huston as Jane, and featuring Dorothy Dandridge as "Melmendi, Queen of the Ashuba." Some of it was shot in Kenya, making it the first Tarzan movie to be filmed in Africa, though the majority of its location shooting was done in the United States. Critics praised the convincing integration of the African and American footage. The movie was directed by Byron Haskin and is frequently shown under the alternate titles Jungle Queen and Tarzan and the Jungle Queen.

Awards

Top cast

Tarzan
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

12. Atlantic City (1944)

Musical, Romance
played Singer
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
87.0

Atlantic City is a 1944 musical romance directed by Ray McCarey. The film concerns the formative years of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Vaudeville acts are re-created in the story of how Atlantic City became a famous resort. The supporting cast features Louis Armstrong and Dorothy Dandridge. The film was reissued in 1950 under the title Atlantic City Honeymoon.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Adele Palmer
English
United States of America

13. Hit Parade of 1943 (1943)

Music, Romance
played Count Basie Band Singer
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
82.0
1 Show list

Hit Parade of 1943 also known as Change of Heart is a 1943 musical film made by Republic Pictures. It was directed by Albert S. Rogell and produced by Albert J. Cohen from a screenplay by Frank Gill Jr. and Frances Hyland. The film stars John Carroll, Susan Hayward, Gail Patrick, Eve Arden, Melville Cooper, Walter Catlett, Mary Treen, and Dorothy Dandridge. It also features several orchestras including the Count Basie Orchestra, Freddy Martin and his orchestra, Ray McKinley and his orchestra, and The Golden Gate Quartet.

Awards

Top cast

Jill Wright
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Adele Palmer
English
United States of America

14. Drums of the Congo (1942)

Drama, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
61.0

Drums of the Congo is a film directed by Christy Cabanne released on Jul 17, 1942.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Vera West
English
United States of America

15. Sundown (1941)

War, Drama
played Kipsang's Bride
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
90.0
11 Show list

Sundown is a 1941 American war film directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Bruce Cabot and Gene Tierney. The film's adventure story, set against a World War II backdrop in British East Africa, was well received by critics, earning three Academy Award nominations but was not a box office success.

Awards

Top cast

Abdi Hammud
Coombes
William Crawford
Bishop Coombes
Pallini
Dewey
Graham 'Zia' Fletcher
Ashburton
Kuypens
Miriami
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
World War II
Sundown
English
United States of America

16. Lady from Louisiana (1941)

Drama
played Felice
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
82.0
1 Show list

Lady from Louisiana is a 1941 American disaster film starring John Wayne. It was produced and directed by Bernard Vorhaus for Republic Pictures.

Awards

Top cast

John Reynolds
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
New Orleans
Flood
Lottery
English
United States of America

Personal movie appearances

Title Year Appearance type Budget Awards Producers Directors Writers
The Great American Songbook
Biography,Drama,Music
2003 Archive Footage
John Walker
Stephen Netburn
Anu Krishnan
Mary Cleere Haran
Joe Gilford
Tracy Young
Dorothy Dandridge: An American Beauty
Documentary,Biography
2003
Dorothy Dandridge: Singing at Her Best
Musical
2003 Archive Footage
Ruth Adkins Robinson
Small Steps, Big Strides
Documentary
1997
Velma Cato
That's Black Entertainment
Documentary,History,Music
1990 Him/Herself
G. William Jones
Fred T. Kuehnert
G. William Jones
Light's Diamond Jubilee
Documentary
1954 Him/Herself USD 150K 1

Guest TV appearances

Cain's Hundred

Program genre

Legal
Police procedural
Legal drama
Crime Fiction
Drama

External resources

Cain's Hundred is an American crime drama series that aired on NBC from 1961 to 1962. The series was produced by Vanadas Productions, Inc. in association with MGM Television.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E21 February 20th, 1962

The Academy Awards

Program genre

Reality television
Award show
Special Interest

External resources

The Academy Awards is a TV program.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S00-E01 March 27th, 1957
S00-E01 March 30th, 1955

The Colgate Comedy Hour

Program genre

Variety show
Television comedy

External resources

The Colgate Comedy Hour is an American comedy-musical variety series that aired live on the NBC network from 1950 to 1955. The show featured many notable comedians and entertainers of the era as guest stars.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E08 November 22nd, 1953
S02-E10 November 4th, 1951

The Ed Sullivan Show

Program genre

Reality television
Variety show
Comedy
Family
Sketch comedy

External resources

The Ed Sullivan Show is an American TV variety show that ran on CBS from Sunday June 20, 1948 to Sunday June 6, 1971, and was hosted by New York entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. It was replaced in September 1971 by the CBS Sunday Night Movie, which ran only one season and was eventually replaced by other shows.nIn 2002, The Ed Sullivan Show was ranked #15 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. In 2013, the series finished #31 in TV Guide Magazine's 60 Best Series of All Time.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S13-E21 February 14th, 1960
S13-E27 March 27th, 1960
S13-E13 December 13th, 1959
S08-E30 April 3rd, 1955
S05-E37 May 18th, 1952

Wikipedia

Check Dorothy Dandridge on wikipedia.

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