|Bright Road||1953||Actor||Jane Richards||19537|
|Moment of Danger||1959||Actor||Gianna||19597|
|Porgy and Bess||1958||Actor||Bess||19587|
|Island in the Sun||1957||Actor||Margot Seaton||19577|
|Lady From Louisiana||1940||Actor||n/a||19407|
|Sun Valley Serenade||1940||Actor||n/a||19407|
|Hit Parade of 1943||1942||Actor||n/a||19427|
|Was the first black performer to appear at the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria in New York|
|Around time of divorce from Denison, was forced to file for bankruptcy after creditors closed in|
|Returned to nightclub performing; starred at the Mocambo in Hollywood with Desi Arnaz's band|
|Announced to star as Billie Holliday in film adaptation of William Dufty's bestseller, "Lady Sings the Blues"|
|Was preparing for an engagement at New York club, Basin Street East, at time of death|
|First film appearance (bit) in "A Day in the Races"|
|First professional performance at age four in song-and-dance team with sister Vivian billed as "The Wonder Children"; performed before school, church and social groups|
|Retired from performing after her marriage (dates approximate)|
|Peformed at the Cotton Club in Harlem where she met future husband Harold Nicholas (date approximate)|
|First starring role in "Bright Road"|
|After "Island in the Sun" (1957), made three movies in Europe: "The Decks Ran Red" (1958), Tamango" (1959) and "Malaga" (1962)|
|Appearance at La Vie en Rose nightclub was a sellout and her fourteen week engagement helped save the club from bankruptcy and led to international stardom, performing in nightclubs in London, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro and Sao P|
|Moved to Los Angeles at age four when parents separated (date approximate)|
|Left high school and formed the Dandridge Sisters trio--with sister, Vivian, and Etta Jones--which sang with the Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra during the 1940s|
|Sister Vivian decided to go solo in the mid-1940s|
|Attempted to resurrect career; went to health farm in Mexico with manager Earl Mills and signed new movie contract (date approximate)|
|Cyril Dandridge||Father||abandoned family|
|Ruby Dandridge||Mother||appeared in films "Tish" (1942), "Cabin in the Sky" (1943) and "My Wild Irish Rose" (1947) and was a regular on radio programs "The Judy Canova Show" and "Beulah"|
|Jack Denison||Husband||married in 1959; divorced 1962; met at a Las Vegas hotel where he was maitre d'; Dandridge financed his restaurant and lost her savings before he left her|
|Phil Moore||Companion||singing coach who shaped Dandridge's voice and polished her nightclub act in the early 1950s|
|Harold Nicholas||Husband||married on November 2, 1942; met Dandridge while performing at the Cotton Club c. 1938-39; divorced October 1951; formed dancing team The Nicholas Brothers with brother Fayard; appeared together in the "Chattanooga Choo Choo" number in "Sun Valley Serenad|
|Harolyn Nicholas||Daughter||born 1943; father Harold Nicholas; born mentally retarded|
|Otto Preminger||Companion||dated after completion of "Carmen Jones" (1954)|
|Geneva Williams||Family||mother's companion; reportedly was abusive to Dorothy and her sister|
|"For a period that prided itself on appearances, hers was a startling presence. She was a great beauty. Her eyes were dark and vibrant, her hair long and silky, her features sharply defined. And she had the rich golden skin tone that had always fascinated movie audiences, black and white. Moreover, she was a distinctive personality, schizophrenic, maddening, euphoric, and self-destructive. ... Most important to her appeal was her fragility and her desperate determination to survive. In a way never before demonstrated by a black personality, she used her own incongruities and self-contradictions to capture and extend the mass imagination." --Donald Bogle in "Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies and Bucks" 1973.|
|"I have a nice voice it's pleasant. It's got a lot of soul in it. Besides, people just seem to like to look at me." --Dorothy Dandrige discussing her popularity with some amusement quoted in The New York Times obituary, September 9, 1965.|
|Talking about racial prejudice Dandrige commented: "It is such a waste. It makes you loggy and half-alive. It gives you nothing." --Dandridge quoted in The New York Times obituary, September 9, 1965.|
|"For Black America, then about to launch its civil rights offensive, Dorothy Dandridge was part of the new day. Athletes Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella had integrated major league baseball. Now a dramatic black actress integrated American motion pictures.
But sadly, her decline came soon after her triumph. She realized she was but a token figure within the movie colony, her position not much different than Lena Horne's in the forties. There were no great follow-up roles to sustain her fame. Three years passed before she appeared in another film." --Donald Bogle in "Brown Sugar" 1980.
|Posthumously inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1977.|
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