"In the end, she [Dorothy Dandridge] may have believed she had failed, as she felt so often throughout her life. But a generation of Black Americans always remembered her accomploshments and her extraordinary presence on the cultural landscape. She had boldly cleared a path for the dramatic Black film actress and with her death, there was a void in American popular films. Later generations rediscovered her, and eventually influenced a new era of Black actresses and actors working in the movies, who understood her struggles and valued her achievements. She had done far more than she had ever realized." - Donald Bogle
"In an age that celebrated Marilyn, Liz, Grace and Audrey, Dorothy Dandridge brought the Black actress in films from behind the shadows and emerged as Hollywood’s first authentic movie goddess of color. She reconfigured the very definition of what a movie star was suppose to be. During these dawning years of the Civil Rights Movement, she was not only a glamorous, popular icon but a symbol of a new day in America. Dorothy Dandridge looked as if she would integrate mainstream cinema—appearing in a lineup of dramatic films—in the same way that Jackie Robinson had changed the face of American sports."
Dorothy Dandridge’s character of Carmen Jones represents a compelling Black woman: confident, determined to live life on her terms, and fearless in a man’s world.
Q:what were Cyril Dandridge parents and grandparents names
Father: Henry Dandridge born (1895) and raised in Cleveland.
Mother: Florence Locke Dandridge (1873) biracial and originally from Canada.
I don’t know the names of Cyril’s maternal or paternal grandparents.
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
"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