"Looking stunning in a a white, body-hugging Travilla gown, she mesmerized the audience with sensitive renderings of wistful songs such as “What is This Thing Called Love?”
“They were only going to let Dottie get so far. They were not ready to let her [a black woman] become a really big star.”
Geri Branton on Dorothy Dandridge
(L-R) Dorothy Dandridge, Harold Nicholas, Viola Nicholas, Fayard Nicholas, Geri Nicholas [Branton], and Herb Jeffries.
Both Dorothy and Geri had to win the approval of Harold and Fayard’s mother, Viola Nicholas. Because she managed her sons’ careers, she was accustomed to managing ALL aspects of their lives as well. Viola didn’t want anyone tampering with her sons’ lives. Eventually she grew extremely find of both ladies, and they became close to her.
I have no idea who this is, but she’s definitely giving me a Dorothy Dandridge à la Carmen Jones vibe.
Candid photo of Dorothy Dandridge enjoying herself among friends, including Geri Branton and Mario Cole (wife of Nat King Cole).
“Dorothy Dandridge’s looks made the other actresses jealous. She had the most beautiful face and the perfect body, and her smile and eyes were totally mesmerizing.” - Diahann Carroll
Dorothy Dandridge (sitting second from the right) photographed with members of one of her numerous social clubs during the 1940s. Also pictured is Dorothy’s sister in law, Dorothy Nicholas-Morrow (standing on the far right).
Dorothy Dandridge and her Tamango costar Curd Jürgens at a party hosted by Elizabeth Taylor and her husband Mike Todd during the 1957 Cannes Film Festival. Photographers snapped away as Dottie and Curd danced, dined, smiled, and talked. Of course rumors of a romance popped up. Although Dottie was somewhat involved with Jackass Denison at the time, she fell for the charms of Curd.
Dorothy Dandridge performing "My Heart Belongs to Daddy” on CBS’s Ford Star Jubilee tribute to Cole Porter. She performed this as well as "You Do Something to Me.” During rehearsals, Dorothy became upset because four white male performers backed her up as she sang "You Do Something to Me.” She bluntly asked why there were no Blacks included in the number with her. CBS then hired three Black male dancers to accompany Dorothy as she performed "My Heart Belongs to Daddy.”