Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  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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Harold Nicholas (as Obba Babatunde)
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Hotel Clerk
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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 <>

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Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dorothy Dandridge  »

Box Office


$9,200,000 (estimated)

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


Moments before she is set to take the stage of a Miami nightclub to perform her act, Dorothy is outraged to discover the club is still under construction. Surely she would have known this earlier since her act involved a good deal of choreography and perhaps even rehearsal and she would have, at the very least, checked out the stage to get the physical layout of the performance space prior to making her entrance. See more »


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Halle Berry is brilliant...
9 January 2004 | by (In the Clouds) – See all my reviews

This movie is all about Halle Berry - to look at it from any other point of view would be to overlook the most powerful force in the movie. Berry is brilliant in her portrayal of Dorothy Dandridge - her acting is flawless and we witness the greatness of Dandrige and exprience the pain of her downfall with Halle Berry as our guide. What a tremendous coincedence that Halle Berry would play the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award when she herself would later become the first African-american woman to actually receive the prestegious award! She is supported by a strong cast which all help to make this a movie to remember. 7/10

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