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Monday, November 10, 2008

Dorothy Dandridge

Her birthday was yesterday, but I missed it. I am going to do my tribute to her now. Her spirit must be very very strong around this time of year because I had no idea it was her birthday, but I felt compelled to do a tribute to her about 4 days ago.

Did you know?

  • Dorothy Dandridge was the first African American Actress to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress.
  • Did you know that she was a child star, and like many child stars eventually came upon hard times. She died early of an overdose
  • Her most famous role was Carmen Jones where she played opposite Harry Belafonte. Beyonce reprised the role in Carmen: A Hip Hopera

Dorothy started out singing with her sister Vivian. Her they are below.

Her beauty was unmatched.

She represented African American woman as an early movie starlet.


Dori said...

She was amazing and has always been an inspiration to me. I remember the first time I saw "Carmen Jones" when I was a kid. I just thought she was glorious! It was so wonderful to see a woman in the golden age of cinema that looked more like me. Thanks for sharing the great photos :)

Eb the Celeb said...

I didnt know anything about her until Halle did that movie... when I first starting hearing about her getting the role then I started doing some research... she was really dynamic

Unknown said...

ok. i was unaware that the carmen hip hopera was based on anything of significance. (and i like the beyonce film. most of it anyway)

dorothy dandridge. such a significant woman.

Jewelry Rockstar said...

@ Fly Tie it is a must rent. Dorothy Dandrige was amazing to watch. Whenever I would see it on (mostly February) as a little girl I would just be in awe.

Barbara said...

Thanks for doing the tribute and enlightening us! I love to hear, learn about, and experience amazing black women.

MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner said...

Dorothy Dandridge was AMAZING. If you ever feel like reading more about her, check out Donald Bogle's biography of her--it's brilliant, as was Dorothy.