Dorothy Dandridge - biography

Actor from United States of America

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. Dandridge died of an  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Dottie,Dorothy Jean Dandridge,dorothy_dandridge,Miss D,Bessie Mae,Dottie Mae,Dorothy Danridge
Date of birth
1922-11-09
Place of birth
Cleveland
Nationality
United States of America
Parents
Cyril Dandridge, Vivian Dandridge, Ruby Dandridge
Spouse(s)
Jack Denison Harold Nicholas
Children
Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas Vivian Dandridge
Siblings
Vivian Dandridge
Profession
Actor, Pin-up girl, Singer

Performances

Year Performance Character
1961 The Murder Men Norma Sherman
1960 Malaga Gianna
1958 The Decks Ran Red Mahia
1957 Tamango Aiché, Reiker's mistress
1957 Island in the Sun Margot Seaton
1954 Carmen Jones Carmen Jones
1953 Bright Road Jane Richards
1953 Remains to Be Seen
1944 Atlantic City Singer
1941 Sundown Kipsang's Bride
0 The Harlem Globetrotters

Death

Date of death
1965-09-08
Cause of death
Suicide,Drug overdose
Place of death
West Hollywood

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