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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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Harold Nicholas (as Obba Babatunde)
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Ruby Dandridge
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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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Right woman. Right place. Wrong time. 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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Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award (Carmen Jones (1954)). Halle Berry is the first African-American to win a Best Actress Academy Award (Monster's Ball (2001)). See more »

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Minutes before she is to take the stage in Miami, Dorothy Dandridge discovers that the club is still under construction. Her act involved a good deal of choreography and perhaps even rehearsal, so she should have been aware. At the very least, she would have checked out the stage to get the physical layout of the performance space before she made her entrance. See more »

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Dorothy Dandridge: [after Otto attends the premiere of "Carmen Jones" with his wife] How dare you parade her in front of me.
Otto Preminger: I didn't know she was coming.
Dorothy Dandridge: It was *my* night, Otto! You won't be seen with me in public, but then I have to watch you traipse around with her!
Otto Preminger: She's my wife.
Dorothy Dandridge: Tell her to leave. You have an understanding, remember? She openly makes the rounds with another man, Otto, and you don't complain about it! So, why couldn't you spend the evening with me?
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References Bright Road (1953) See more »

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Your Red Wagon
Written by Don Raye, Gene de Paul, Richard M. Jones
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Halle's Emmy!
17 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

Halle Berry shines in her role as the tragic Dorothy Dandridge, for which she received her well-deserved Golden Globe and Emmy. Great supporting cast,(Brent Spiner, Klaus Maris Brandauer,Tamara Taylor), intelligent and witty script, beautiful production values. Takes on Hollywood and racism in an entertaining and insightful way.


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