Come off anon or send me an email. I’d rather answer that question on “how” privately.
In 1944, Dorothy Dandridge was considered by Twentieth Century Fox for the title role in Pinky, a film that told the story of a light-skinned Black woman who “passed” for white during her youth as a student in the North. Pinky faced the “dilemma” of living her true race when she returned home to the South. While Dorothy was indeed light skin, she had color to her & was not considered light enough to pass for white. Twentieth Century Fox was worried about how the public would react to Dorothy, a then unknown Black actress. The script called for the character of Pinky to have a romance with a white actor. Had Dorothy been cast in the role, the studio would have had problems with the film industry’s Production Code Administration because miscegenation (racial mixing) was strictly prohibited. Jeanne Crain, a white actress, was ultimately cast in the role.
Dorothy Dandridge: leading lady, cultural icon, and sizzling sex symbol.
Q:Do you wish that Dorothy would have a merchandise line like Marilyn, Audrey, or James Dean? I would love one, but I'm not sure if I like the idea of fake fans like the ones the previous names have lol.
I definitely wish that there was an official Dorothy Dandridge line. The company that controls her estate owns all licensing/copyright/trademark rights. Something tells me that you’ll see a DD line soon… :-)
What I don’t want to see is Dorothy Dandridge’s name to become too commercialized, if that makes sense.
Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge in a scene from Carmen Jones (1954).
“I don’t think a black woman has ever paid as great a price for her blackness than Dorothy Dandridge.” - Harry Belafonte
Q:Do you know where I can find Dorothy Dandridge posters?
You’re the 2nd person to ask me this today! Do you know Torrey? If so, he’s gonna pass some info on to you. :-)
You can get posters from allposters.com and art.com. Try Amazon and eBay, too. Also if there is a certain photo that you want blown up, just find it on the internet and save it to your phone or computer. You can then upload it to somewhere like Walgreens.com and they will print it in any size. You will get a warning that the resolution may be too low, but if will print just fine. I’ve done this before, and also had one blown up for one of my blog subscribers that wanted a large print of Dorothy to hang in her office. She was afraid that it wouldn’t print good, so I had it done and sent to her. :-)
"Dorothy Dandridge’s talents and gifts, like those of Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday and Paul Robeson, were never fully appreciated. She was quite simply ahead of her time." - Whitney Houston
"For this woman’s memory to be diminished in what can be a vile industry, she [Dorothy Dandridge] deserved better. She was such a lady. Not like some others. She was just first class. I just hated seeing it happen to her.” - actress Nichelle Nichols
Q:Does it bother you a bit that whenever Dorothy is mentioned it seems only to be in the context of Marilyn? I think Dorothy should be seen as her own person, not as a "black Marilyn Monroe." She's so much more than that.
It DEFINITELY bothers me! In my opinion, it diminishes the great legacy that Dorothy created and takes away from the things that she accomplished during her lifetime. Dorothy is a legend in her own right, there is absolutely no need to refer to her as the black version of anyone other than herself! She was and forever will be THE Dorothy Dandridge! Don’t get me wrong, Marilyn was an extraordinary woman as well. However, the plight of black women during the 1950s and 60s was vastly different than that of a white woman. I know somebody is gonna say that race doesn’t matter, but the struggles that Dorothy endured as a black woman in Hollywood proves otherwise.
Dressed in a dark colored dress with pearls, her hair brushed back, and dark glasses (because she said she injured her eye in a fall), Dorothy Dandridge prepares to enter bankruptcy court on April 24, 1963. This photo of her appeared in newspapers across the United States, and the public humiliation was too much for Dottie to bear. Ebony magazine, a publication that oftentimes celebrated the triumphs of Ms. Dorothy Jean Dandridge, ran a photo of her on the cover for the July 1963 issue (along with Sarah Vaughan, boxers Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson) with the headline ‘Why the Stars Go Broke.’ According to Dottie’s manager Earl Mills, "this was a disgrace that tore her apart. She never, after that, was the same person.”