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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge [DVD] [1999]

Release Date:05/11/2010

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    • Cast and crew bios
    • Closed Captioned


    Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
    Dorothy Dandridge was a singer, nightclub entertainer, and actress who became the first African-American woman to receive an Academy award nomination as Best Actress (for her standout performance in 1954's Carmen Jones; she lost to Grace Kelly). However, despite her striking beauty and obvious talent, Dandridge was a sexy, glamorous black femme fatale at a time when Hollywood pin-up queens were supposed to be giggly blondes. The film industry didn't know what to do with her, and while her nightclub act was a bit too smooth for the Southern roadhouse circuit, as a black performer she wasn't allowed to stay in many of the hotels and resorts where she performed. Dandridge also had a sad personal life, filled with tragedy and romantic disappointment, and she died of an overdose of pills in 1965, at the age of 41. This made-for-cable biographical drama stars Halle Berry as Dorothy Dandridge, supported by Brent Spiner, Obba Babatunde, and Klaus Maria Brandauer. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Halle Berry
      Halle Berry - Dorothy Dandridge
    • Brent Spiner
      Brent Spiner - Earl Mills
    • Obba Babatunde
      Obba Babatunde - Harold Nicholas
    • Loretta Devine
      Loretta Devine - Ruby Dandridge
    • Cynda Williams
      Cynda Williams - Vivian Dandridge

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