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Dorothy Dandridge (1922–1965)


Dorothy Jean Dandridge was born on November 9, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ruby Dandridge (née Ruby Jean Butler), an entertainer, and Cyril H. Dandridge, a cabinet maker and minister. Under the prodding of her mother, Dorothy and her sister Vivian Dandridge began performing publicly, usually in black Baptist churches throughout the country. Her ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Carmen Jones
Carmen Jones Carmen Jones
(1954)
Porgy and Bess
(1959)
Bright Road
Bright Road Jane Richards
(1953)
Island in the Sun
Island in the Sun Margot Seaton
(1957)

Filmography

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 1962/II Marco Polo
Empress Zaire
 1960 Malaga
Gianna
 1958 The Decks Ran Red
Mahia
 1951 The Harlem Globetrotters
Ann Carpenter
 1944 Atlantic City
Singer
 1944 Since You Went Away
Black Officer's Wife in Train Station (uncredited)
 1943 Hit Parade of 1943
Count Basie Band Singer
 1943 Happy Go Lucky
Showgirl (uncredited)
 1943 Moo Cow Boogie (Short)
Singer
 1942 Lucky Jordan
Hollyhock School Maid (uncredited)
 1942 Night in New Orleans
Sal, Shadrach's Girl (uncredited)
 1942 Drums of the Congo
Princess Malimi
 1942 The Night Before the Divorce
Party Maid (uncredited)
 1942 Ride 'Em Cowboy
Dancer (uncredited)
 1941 Sundown
Kipsang's Wife
 1941 Sun Valley Serenade
Specialty
 1941 Lady from Louisiana
Felice
 1940 Irene
One of the Dandridge Sisters (uncredited)
 1937 A Day at the Races
Black Singer (uncredited)
 1935 Teacher's Beau (Short)
Cabin Kid
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in off-Broadway play "Crazy Girls", June 1952. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 4 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Dorothy Daindridge | The Dandridge Sisters

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

Carmen Jones (1954) was the best break I've ever had. But no producer ever knocked on my door. There just aren't that many parts for a black actress. See more »

Trivia:

She was the first African-American woman to grace the cover of Life magazine. See more »

Trademark:

Her beautiful dark eyes See more »

Nickname:

Bessie Mae See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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