Dorothy Dandridge's way to fame and fortune as a dancer, singer and actress.

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Martha Coolidge

Writers:

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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Storyline

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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Trivia

When production ran over budget, the studio wanted to cut the red carpet scene at the film's ending. Halle Berry desperately wanted to keep the scene, so she paid for it herself. HBO subsequently reimbursed her. See more »

Goofs

In the party scene that takes place in 1951 (the year Dandridge made a Tarzan movie), Dorothy Dandridge, Marilyn Monroe, and Ava Gardner all introduce themselves. Ava Gardner was a big star by 1951, as famous for her movies as for the affair she was having at the time with future husband Frank Sinatra, and would be instantly recognizable. See more »

Quotes

Earl Mills: [repeated line to Dorothy] Angel Face!
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Connections

Featured in The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.4 (2009) See more »

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Hep Hop
Written by Bill Elliott
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SPINNING FOR SPINER!!!
21 August 2003 | by buckletailsSee all my reviews

This was a great movie. Mind you I don't know much about Dorothy so I don't know how Hallie Berry faired. But I did'nt see the movie for her. I saw it for Brent Spiner. He is one of the most talented actors I have seen on the big screen. I wish he was in bigger roles like this. Besides him the movie itself was great. Good acting, good story, wonderful Brent. lol, sorry.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Introducing 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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