Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Dorothy Dandridge Biography (1922-1965)
Full name, Dorothy Jean Dandridge; born November 9, 1922, in Cleveland, OH; died of acute drug intoxication, September 8, 1965, in West Hollywood, CA; buried in Forest Lawn, Glendale, CA: daughter of Cyril and Ruby (an actress; maiden name, Butler) Dandridge; married Harold Nicholas (a dancer and actor), 1944 (divorced, 1951); married Jack Denison (a restaurateur), 1959 (divorced 1962); children: (first marriage) Harolyn. Career: Actress and singer. The Wonder Children (song and dance duo), member (with sister Vivian Dandridge), c. 1926-34; The Dandridge Sisters (musical group), member, c. 1934-42; regularly appeared in nightclubs, c. late 1940s-65. Awards, Honors: Academy Award nomination, best actress, 1954, British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award, best foreign actress, 1956, both for Carmen Jones; Golden Globe Award, best actress in a musical, for Porgy and Bess..
- actress, singer
- Birth Details
- November 9, 1922
- Cleveland, Ohio, United States
- Death Details
- September 8, 1965
- West Hollywood, California, United States
- (Film debut) A Day at the Races, 1937
Four Shall Die (also known as Condemned Men), 1940
- Thalia, Bahama Passage, 1941
- Felice, Lady from Louisiana (also known as Lady from New Orleans), 1941
- Specialty, Sun Valley Serenade, 1941
- Kipsang's Bride, Sundown, 1941
- (Uncredited) Congoroo, Ride "Em Cowboy, 1942
- (Uncredited) Hollyhock school maid, Lucky Jordan, 1942
- Malimi, Drums of the Congo, 1942
Change of Heart (also known as Hit Parade of 1943), 1943
- Officer's wife, Since You Went Away, 1944
- Herself (singer), Atlantic City, 1944
- Herself (singer), Pillow to Post, 1945
- (As Dorothy Daindridge) Ebony Parade, 1947
Jungle Queen, 1951
Harlem Globetrotters, 1951
- Melmendi, Queen of the Ashuba, Tarzan's Peril (also known as Tarzan and the Jungle Goddess), 1951
- Herself, Remains to be Seen, 1953
- Jane Richards, Bright Road, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1953
- Title role, Carmen Jones, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954
- Aiche, mistress, Tamango (also known as La Rivolta dell'esperanza), Hal Roach, 1956
The Happy Road, 1957
- Margo Seaton, Island in the Sun, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957
- Mahia, The Decks Ran Red, 1958
- Bess, Porgy and Bess, Columbia, 1959
- Gianna, Malaga (also known as Moment of Danger), 1960
The Murder Men, 1961
- Appeared on Carmen Jones (soundtrack).
- Bogle, Donald, Dorothy Dandridge, Amistad Press, 1997.
Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 3, Gale Research, 1993, pp. 43-46.
Encyclopedia of World Biography, Volume 18, Gale Group, 1999, pp.112-14.
Ebony, December 1993, p. 36; August 1997, p. 52; August 1999, p. 100.
Time, September 1, 1997, p. 73.*