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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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Martha Coolidge

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Earl Mills (book), Shonda Rhimes (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 21 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Halle Berry ... Dorothy Dandridge
Brent Spiner ... Earl Mills
Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Otto Preminger
Obba Babatundé ... Harold Nicholas (as Obba Babatunde)
Loretta Devine ... Ruby Dandridge
Cynda Williams ... Vivian Dandridge
LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Auntie (as LaTanya Richardson)
Tamara Taylor ... Geri Nicholas
William Atherton ... Darryl Zanuck
D.B. Sweeney ... Jack Denison
Don Gettinger Don Gettinger ... Hotel Clerk
Nicholas Hormann ... Oscar Emcee
Sharon Brown ... Etta Jones
Darrian C. Ford Darrian C. Ford ... Fayard Nicholas
M.J. Sawyer M.J. Sawyer ... B&W Movie Actress
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dorothy Dandridge See more »

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Budget:

$9,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Halle Berry and Dorothy Dandridge were born in the same Cleveland hospital. See more »

Goofs

Otto Preminger tells Dorothy Dandridge that Carmen Jones is the first major studio movie to feature an all-black cast. MGM's Cabin in the Sky was released 11 years earlier. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2000) See more »

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You Do Something To Me
Written by Cole Porter
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A sizzling portrayal of a star who fizzled out before her time
21 August 1999 | by del-25See 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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