Dorothy Dandridge and a Phil Moore looking at their names outside of the Mocambo nightclub (1951). When asked about Dottie, Phil once said: “Dorothy was very dear to me. Her life was like an apple that looked so beautiful, but when you but into it, it was rotten. Here was a lovely girl in a wonderful home, getting integrated parts in movies, at a time when even Lena was only given roles that could be cut out in the South. But Dorothy’s famous marriage -to one of the Nicholas Brothers- had gone bad, and she had a retarded child. I helped switch the lack of self-assurance, the negative forces in her, into a positive.” He helped Dottie create an image of a classy, sexy songstress. Phil and Dorothy were romantically involved for a period of time. They even shared a home together on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. Phil often talked about how Marilyn Monroe would get him into trouble with Dorothy. He’d be in his studio trying to shave, and Marilyn would be hanging around when Dorothy would be coming up the back steps. She would ask: “Well, do you do this with all your clients?” And let me clarify, Dorothy and Marilyn were FRIENDS. There was no animosity or “beef” between them.