Dorothy Dandridge on the possibility of being cast as Cleopatra
When Rouben Mamoulian was originally selected to direct the then upcoming spectacular Cleopatra, he lunched with Dottie at Romannolf’s Restaurant and told her that he thought she’d be perfect for the part.
“You won’t have the guts to go through with this. They are going to talk you out of it. ” ~ Dorothy Dandridge
Elizabeth Taylor was eventually cast as Cleopatra.
“Never had she [Dorothy Dandridge] expected the studio to be daring enough to cast her anyway. It was one more in a list of disappointment.” ~ Donald Bogle
Rouben Mamoulian was fired from the production, and Joseph Mankiewicz was brought in to finish directing the film. I get upset every time I think of how great Dottie would have been as Cleopatra.