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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)

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

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$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 »

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Otto Preminger tells Dorothy that Carmen Jones is the first major studio movie to feature an all-black cast but at least one (MGM's Cabin in the Sky) was released more than 10 years earlier. See more »

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Harold Nicholas: Dottie, it's a whole different ballgame over there! They don't know the difference between black and white, and when they do, it's because they're treating us better than they treat their own!
Dorothy Dandridge: I can't go to Paris! Lynn is going to need special care!
Harold Nicholas: Then get special care.
Dorothy Dandridge: Not in an institution!
Harold Nicholas: Dottie, she doesn't even know we're here.
Dorothy Dandridge: I'm her mother. And you are her father.
Harold Nicholas: And I married you. Not this.
Dorothy Dandridge: Well, I am this! What are you?
Harold Nicholas: I'm Harold Nicholas, of the Nicholas Brothers. And maybe ...
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Guess I wasn't black enough to lead the tribe.
7 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Long before Barack Obama wasn't considered "Black" enough, Dorothy Dandridge suffered the same criticism. Black or not, she was beautiful and could sing like a meadowlark.

Looking at old pictures of Dandridge, you could see why Halle Berry was chosen. She is Dandridge brought back to life. She may not have the pipes of Dandridge, but she sure can act, and has the Emmy and Golden Globe to prove it! Playing the First African American actress to get an Best Actress nomination (for Carmen Jones) was the First African American actress to win the Oscar for Best Actress (for Monster's Ball).

Klaus Maria Brandauer (Out of Africa) was magnificent as Otto Preminger, one of the men who used Dandridge.

This film is extremely important, not only for the fact that is chronicles the life of one of America's best, but also for the reminder that most of us never had to pee in a cup or watch a pool drained because we put our toe in it.


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