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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 more »

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  • Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 21 wins & 27 nominations.
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Dorothy Dandridge
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Earl Mills
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Otto Preminger
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Harold Nicholas (as Obba Babatunde)
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Ruby Dandridge
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Vivian Dandridge
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Auntie (as LaTanya Richardson)
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Geri Nicholas
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Darryl Zanuck
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Jack Denison
Don Gettinger ...
Hotel Clerk
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Oscar Emcee
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Etta Jones
Darrian C. Ford ...
Fayard Nicholas
M.J. Sawyer ...
B&W Movie Actress
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Doctor
Alexis Carrington ...
Lynn at Age 4
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Ring-a-ding Girl
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Phil Moore
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Marilyn Monroe
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Ava Gardner
Ken Michelman ...
Byron Haskin ('Tarzan's Peril' director)
Chaz Monet ...
Lynn at age 8
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Miami Comic
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Joey Young
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Otto's Secretary
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Edward Ilou ("Carmen Jones" Assistant Director)
André Carthen ...
Harry Belafonte (as Andre Carthen)
Andrew Hibbard ...
Clapper Boy
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First Actor
Robin Michelle McClamb ...
First Actress (as Robin Vaughn)
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Private (as Dwain Perry)
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Sergeant
Renton Kirk ...
Second Actor
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Second Actress
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Vegas Hotel Manager
Robert Phelps ...
Studio Publicist
Darrel W. Wright ...
Mocambo Dancer (as Darrel Wright)
Anthony Demarco ...
Mocambo Dancer
Stephen Smith ...
Mocambo Dancer
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Sidney Poitier
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Oliver Smith ("Porgy and Bess Assistant Director)
James Krag ...
Reporter
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Reporter
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Judge (as Clement Franckenstein)
Aiysha Sinclair ...
Lynn at 18
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Mocambo Emcee (as Brad Parker)
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Coroner
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Assistant Coroner
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Detective
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Radio Announcer
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Lightweight Boxer
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Audience when Dorothy Dandridge sings. (uncredited)
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Fan at Academy Awards (uncredited)
Peter Darren ...
Soldier (uncredited)
David Mitchell Evans ...
Photographer (uncredited)
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Mounted Policeman (uncredited)
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Master of Ceremonies (uncredited) (voice)
Tyrone Wade ...
Lex Barker (Tarzan) (uncredited)

Directed by

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Martha Coolidge

Written by

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Earl Mills ... (book "Dorothy Dandridge")
 
Shonda Rhimes ... (teleplay) and
Scott Abbott ... (teleplay)

Produced by

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Larry Y. Albucher ... producer
Halle Berry ... executive producer
Vincent Cirrincione ... executive producer (as Vince Cirrincione)
Moctesuma Esparza ... executive producer
Robert Katz ... executive producer
Joshua D. Maurer ... executive producer

Music by

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Elmer Bernstein

Cinematography by

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Robbie Greenberg

Film Editing by

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Alan Heim

Editorial Department

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Anthony Gore ... post-production coordinator
Matvey Shatz ... color timer
Tony Solomons ... first assistant editor
Scott Fox ... colorist: dailies (uncredited)

Casting By

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Aleta Chappelle

Production Design by

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James H. Spencer ... (as James Spencer)

Art Direction by

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A. Leslie Thomas

Set Decoration by

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Robert Greenfield

Costume Design by

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Shelley Komarov

Makeup Department

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Kim Adrissi ... makeup artist
Kali Balugo ... additional makeup artist
Jennifer Bell ... hair stylist
Carol Brown ... additional makeup artist (as Carol M. Brown)
Lisa Buono ... makeup artist
Hazel Catmull ... hair stylist: Ms. Berry
Kokeeta Douglas ... additional makeup artist
John M. Elliott Jr. ... makeup artist: Halle Berry
Sheila Evers ... assistant makeup artist
Kathrine Gordon ... hair department head
Virginia Kearns ... hair stylist
Marlene Mason ... additional makeup artist
Katherine Rees ... hair stylist
Edna Sheen ... key makeup artist (as Edna M. Sheen)
Richard Snell ... makeup artist: Mr. Brandauer
Laini Thompson ... makeup department head
Elizabeth Rabe ... additional hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Larry Y. Albucher ... unit production manager
Mark S. Hoerr ... post-production supervisor
Robert Rothbard ... production manager
Nita Wilson ... production supervisor
Sally Young ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Chemen Ochoa ... second second assistant director (as Chemen A. Ochoa)
Kaaren F. Ochoa ... first assistant director
Eric Oliver ... second second assistant director
Phil Robinson ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Aaron M. Albucher ... art department assistant (as Aaron Albucher)
Gregory D. Allison ... propmaker
Shane Buckallew ... lead plaster foreman
William S. Cash ... propmaker
Gloria Ciraolo ... painter
Shawn Crossan ... propmaker
Brian A. Deitch ... set dresser
Andrew Endsley ... second assistant props (as Andrew M. Endsley)
Rod Gregory ... set dresser
Randy Ingraham ... carpenter (as Randy E. Ingraham)
Greg Kovach ... propmaker
Paul Litteken ... propmaker (as Paul A. Litteken)
Charles 'Chuck' Lungren ... paint foreman (as Charles Lungren)
Abraham Malina Jr. ... labor foreman
David Moll ... property master
Mike Nauta ... propmaker
Guy Owens ... set dresser
Mark A. Powell ... construction coordinator
Kristen Pratt ... set designer
Pat Ruddell ... propmaker
Darlene Salinas ... art department coordinator
John M. Schenk ... first assistant props (as John Michael Schenk)
Edward Schiff ... construction foreman
Matt Shepherd ... set dresser
Shana Sigmond ... buyer
Tim Snowber ... lead man
Cheryl Gould Strang ... set dresser (as Cheryl Gould)
Edward Tamayo ... set dresser
Paulo Alegria ... graphic designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Michael Babcock ... sound effects editor (as Mike Babcock)
David Beadle ... dialogue editor
Michael Broomberg ... foley artist (as Mike Broomberg)
Zane D. Bruce ... foley artist
Cary Butler ... foley mixer
Pete Elia ... re-recording mixer
Stephen Fitzmaurice ... sound recordist
Larry Goeb ... dialogue editor
David Hankins ... supervising sound editor
Sonya Henry ... dialogue editor
Shawn Kennelly ... foley mixer
Doug Kent ... adr editor
Helen Luttrell ... dialogue editor
David MacMillan ... sound mixer
Harrison D. Marsh ... boom operator (as Harrison 'Duke' Marsh)
Stacey Michaels ... adr mixer
Dale W. Perry ... foley artist
Jeff Sawyer ... sound effects editor
Frank Smathers ... sound effects editor
Larry Stensvold ... re-recording mixer
Bruce Tanis ... sound effects editor
Scott Reed ... head sound manager (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Chris Nelson ... special effects
Ron Trost ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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Timothy Clark ... matte painter (as Tim Clark)

Stunts

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LaFaye Baker ... stunt coordinator (as La Faye Baker)
Mike Gunther ... stunts
Claudette James ... Halle Berry: stunt double

Camera and Electrical Department

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Sidney Ray Baldwin ... still photographer (as Sidney R. Baldwin)
Shawn Blakeman ... electrician
Danny Brazen ... grip
Henry Christian III ... rigging lighting technician
Billy Clevenger ... camera operator
Loren Corl ... key grip
Andreas Crawford ... dolly grip
Dhamarata Dhiensuwana ... rigging key grip
Louie Escobar ... crane operator
Sammy Escobar ... grip (as Sam Escobar)
Mark Freeman ... electrician (as Mark P. Freeman)
Steven Frohardt ... best boy rigging grip (as Steve Frohardt)
Michael Grady ... rigging grip
Bill Greenberg ... electrician
Loren Hillebrand ... grip
Simon Jarvis ... second second assistant camera
Jamie Lagerhausen ... grip
Karl Linde ... first assistant camera
Kal Manning ... lighting technician
Ryan Manning ... electrician (as Ryan P. Manning)
Jerry L. Marshall ... grip
Art Martin ... Steadicam assistant (as Arthur J. Martin)
Scott McGeo ... best boy grip
Matthew Moriarty ... second assistant camera
Randy Nolen ... steadicam operator
Pat O'Mara ... grip (as Patrick O'Mara)
Don Telles ... rigging grip
Vich Thiensuwana ... rigging grip
Darryl A. Tooley ... still photographer assistant
Scott Young ... best boy electric

Casting Department

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Terri Douglas ... adr voice casting
Renton Kirk ... casting assistant
Lesa Lotito ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Lucinda Campbell ... costume supervisor
Arlene Encell ... assistant to costume designer
Marilyn Madsen ... costume manufacturing foreperson
Lisa D. Quercioli ... costumer (as Lisa Quercioli)
Robin Roberts ... costumer (as Robin A. Roberts)
Margaret Rogers ... costumer

Location Management

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Renee M. Clare ... assistant location manager
Jeff Lovely ... location coordinator
Ira S. Rosenstein ... location manager
Jim Selzer ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Emilie A. Bernstein ... orchestrator
Kathy Durning ... music editor
Daniel J. Johnson ... co-music editor
Nathan Kaproff ... orchestra manager
Chris McGeary ... music editor
Robin Urdang ... music supervisor
Dan Wallin ... score mixer

Transportation Department

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George Bolton ... transportation captain
Dawn E. Edwards ... driver
'Wild Bill' Laczko ... transportation
Zelda Mattox ... transportation captain
Mario Simon ... transportation coordinator
Matthew Talamantes ... driver

Other crew

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Vinlyn Beckles ... assistant: Ms. Berry
Kim Blank ... choreographer
Scott Cohn ... key production accountant
Rita Lisa Danao ... production assistant
David Eck ... assistant production coordinator
Louis Farah ... supervising set paramedic
Errol Guidry II ... production assistant
David Guilbeau ... craft service (as Cajun Guilbeau)
Victoria Land ... production assistant
Pam Leonte ... script supervisor
Lishune Mahone ... production secretary
Mark McDermitt ... production assistant
Wanja McIntyre ... assistant choreographer
Eric Miller ... assistant: Ms. Coolidge
D. Taylor Murphy ... production assistant
Jeanmarie Murphy-Burke ... publicity director
Marie Nashold ... medic
Fayard Nicholas ... consultant: tapping
Michael Perronne ... production assistant
Deborah Ricketts ... archive researcher
Ava Rivera ... stand-in: Ms. Berry
Xavier C. Salinas ... production coordinator
Jim Schiro ... accounting clerk
Alan Stepp ... production assistant
Susan A. Sullivan ... assistant production coordinator
Kenny Vasquez ... production assistant
Christy Willits ... assistant accountant
Mark Zecca ... assistant: Klaus Brandauer

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines Right woman. Right place. Wrong time. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Academy (Japan, English title)
  • Face of an Angel (United Kingdom)
  • Dorothy Dandridge (France)
  • Déchéance (France)
  • Rising Star (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 120 min
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Box Office

Budget $9,200,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Goofs Sprite soft drink bottles appear on the set of a movie shot in the 1940s. Sprite was first marketed in 1961. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2000). See more »
Soundtracks Your Red Wagon See more »
Quotes Harold Nicholas: Dottie, it's a whole different ballgame over there! They don't know the difference between black and white, and when they do, it's because they're treating us better than they treat their own!
Dorothy Dandridge: I can't go to Paris! Lynn is going to need special care!
Harold Nicholas: Then get special care.
Dorothy Dandridge: Not in an institution!
Harold Nicholas: Dottie, she doesn't even know we're here.
Dorothy Dandridge: I'm her mother. And you are her father.
Harold Nicholas: And I married you. Not this.
Dorothy Dandridge: Well, I am this! What are you?
Harold Nicholas: I'm Harold Nicholas, of the Nicholas Brothers. And maybe that's all I'm supposed to be.
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