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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dorothy Dandridge
... Earl Mills
... Otto Preminger
... Harold Nicholas (as Obba Babatunde)
... Ruby Dandridge
... Vivian Dandridge
... Auntie (as LaTanya Richardson)
... Geri Nicholas
... Darryl Zanuck
... Jack Denison
Don Gettinger ... Hotel Clerk
... Oscar Emcee
... Etta Jones
Darrian C. Ford ... Fayard Nicholas
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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Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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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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Dorothy Dandridge collapses onstage at the Mocambo nightclub in 1961 or 1962. The club closed in the late 1950s. 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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Halle Berry's performance was wonderful
28 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

I've been a fan of Dorothy Dandridge for years and when I saw that Halle Berry brought her life to the big screen, her performance was very credible. If someone other than Halle would have done that part, the movie wouldn't have been as great as it was. It takes a hell of a lot of talent to pull off someone else's life and that couldn't have been very many actress in Hollywood. So, any old' actress wouldn't have done the job that Halle did. There were some aspects of Dorothy's life that weren't covered, but those weren't as important as the one's capture in the movie. When I saw Halle Berry playing Dorothy Dandridge, it was like I was seeing the real thing, because Halle Berry was very convincible. Plus, I see Halle and Dorothy Dandridge having a lot in common within their lives, and what Halle gave off wasn't anything rinky-dink, but the real thing. And it gives others who knew nothing about Dorothy Dandridge an insight on her life. Of course there were going to be things left out, of course there were going to things exaggerated, it wasn't going to be perfect, if you want to know how Dorothy was in temperament, read books on her, because those are where the real information comes from. Movies don't always tell everything, but Halle's performance wasn't based on looks, but how she gave off the image of Dorothy Dandridge on screen. So, Halle Berry did work hard to that story to life, and her I found it amazing that she went to such lengths and did it.


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