I think it was really the heartache over my child and the failure of my marriage that forced me go make a success of my career. I had to keep bush. I threw myself into my work. It’s wonderful therapy. You don’t have time to feel sorry for yourself.
"The aesthetic of classic movie stardom and genuine talent were at the heart of Dorothy Dandridge’s appeal, especially to Black audiences. They had not yet had the pleasure of seeing Hollywood movies with such a magnificent, charismatic figure (who looked like them) at the center. Dorothy came to touch on a dream of Black America for itself. And Otto Preminger considered Dorothy in a league with those other two great icons of the Eisenhower era, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor." - Donald Bogle
Ms. Janelle Monae rocking the mygeniuslife DOROTHY DANDRIDGE tank!!!
Dorothy Dandridge singing on stage, circa September 8, 1960.
Dorothy Dandridge photographed on the French Riviera, April 30 1957.
Geri Branton, actor Jack Holt, and Dorothy Dandridge photographed on the Warner Brothers lot in the late 1940s.
"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.