Halle Berry On How She Found Dorothy Dandridge’s Spirit— And How She Finally Healed Her Own (Ebony, August 1999)
"She [Halle Berry] absolutely stole the essence of Dottie and she truly understood her. I felt like, for two hours, I’d been visiting with Dottie again. She would have been so pleased and so happy." - Geri Branton on Halle’s portrayal of Dorothy Dandridge in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
Dorothy Dandridge captivated Hollywood at Mocambo opening (Ebony, December 1953)
"When Ebony chose to me to photograph Halle Berry as Dorothy Dandridge, they did not know I had fallen in love with Dandridge back in 1959. After 15 minutes of perfect poses, I thought, ‘I’m not getting Dorothy. I remember Dorothy’s pleading for mercy, the thirst for tolerance, the crying and the anger that she exuded on screen — and off.’ I moved very close to Halle and said in a near whisper, ‘What is missing is the passion and anger seething inside of Dorothy. She was beautiful, but she was not happy. Surely you must understand that.’ She certainly did. The next few moments were some of the most extraordinary moments in front of any camera ever. The congress of beauty, rage, power and remorse that convened on Halle’s face and culminated with her in tears was the essence of the Dorothy Dandridge I had known, and one of the great highlights of my career.” - renowned photographer Harry Langdon
Dorothy Dandridge looking absolutely flawless following a 1955 performance in Havana.
Publicity photo of Dorothy Dandridge from her cabaret session in Havana Cuba (circa 1955).
Without a doubt, one of the most naturally beautiful women ever. Dorothy Dandridge as Bess for Porgy and Bess (1959).
On December 1, 1956, Dorothy Dandridge granted the United Fan Club and Fan Mail Service exclusive rights to use her autograph for reproduction for all her fan mail and fan mail activities.
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Various newspaper articles reporting on the untimely death of Dorothy Dandridge.
49 years ago the world lost a beautiful treasure. Forever the epitome of beauty and grace, Dorothy Jean Dandridge was in a league of her own. With a legacy that continues to live on, it is my sincerest hope that my dearest Dottie is at peace knowing that all the trials and tribulations that she endured have not gone in vain. We owe an immense amount of gratitude to this angel for breaking down countless barriers and opening up so many doors for not only women of color in the entertainment industry, but all women of color period. Thank you, my beautiful Queen.