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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)

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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21 August 1999 (USA)  »

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$9,200,000 (estimated)
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Both Halle Berry and her character Dorothy Dandridge were born in the same hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. 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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Dorothy Dandridge: Harold says I'm the most beautiful girl in the world.
Geri Nicholas: I'd rather be smart than beautiful.
Dorothy Dandridge: Well, I'd rather be beautiful.
Geri Nicholas: Beauty fades. A woman gets old.
Dorothy Dandridge: Not me. I'm staying young and beautiful unti the day I die!
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.196 (2006) See more »

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Rent Party Blues
Written by Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges
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Berry magnificent in title role
28 February 2004 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

Haile Berry is radiant in the title role. An excellent job is done of separating the woman from the myth. Klaus Maria Brandauer is quite memorable in a key supporting role. Brent Spiner is also good. But, Berry's tour-de-force performance is the reason to watch this made-for-HBO biographical feature.

It is not often that one has the opportunity to take in such a movie. After her night club career took off, Dandridge eventually found her way to Hollywood where she appeared in the movie version of George Gershwin's famous opera, Porgy and Bess. Next she co-starred with up-and-coming singer Harry Belafonte in the fascinating Carmen Jones. Such talent is rare indeed. Indeed, it is rare to find such a talent.


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