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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  21 August 1999 (USA)
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This biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through early days on the club circuit with her sister to her turn in movies, including becoming the first black actress to win a Best... See full summary »

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This biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through early days on the club circuit with her sister to her turn in movies, including becoming the first black actress to win a Best Actress Nomination in 1954 for "Carmen Jones", to her final demise to prescription drugs, which was debated whether it was suicide or accidental. Brent Spiner plays her faithful manager who stood beside her through all of the roller coaster of her career. The film also examines her love affair with director Otto Preminger, which is shown to have probably initially helped her career, but later probably led her to some wrong decisions. The film also examines 50's racism as the black star is not permitted to use white bathrooms or the Vegas pool. In the first situation, she was given a bathroom cup to pee in. In the second situation, the hotel drained the pool and scrubbed it after she dared put her foot in the water. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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She was everything America wanted a movie star to be... except white. See more »


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Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, and Jasmine Guy all personally vied for the part of Dorothy Dandridge. See more »

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Sprite soft drink bottles on set of a movie being shot in early Forties; Sprite wasn't marketed until 1961. See more »

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Dorothy Dandridge: [angrily] Tonight, I'll take my bows and exit stage rear, go through the kitchen, past the casino, around the pool, which I'm apparently too dirty to swim in, up the service elevator, into my luxurious penthouse, sip my complimentary champagne, and pee in a brand new Dixie cup!
Earl Mills: I take that walk with you every night, you know.
Dorothy Dandridge: But the difference is, Earl, you don't HAVE to!
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References Tarzan's Peril (1951) See more »

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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
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A sizzling portrayal of a star who fizzled out before her time
21 August 1999 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

By far, a tour de force for Berry. She gives a more than convincing portrayal of the first black woman ever to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. Not only is Berry's performance breathtaking, but the fact that the story is based on actual events, made my lungs collapse as well.

Too bad Dandridge didn't make the Emmy nomination deadline.....Berry would have taken home the award that both her and Dandridge deserve(d).


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