in 1953, Dorothy Dandridge landed a starring role in The Bright Road, a little-known film with a nearly all black cast . It was based on the story “See How They Run.” In this film, Dorothy plays Jane Richards, a young fourth-grade teacher in the South, who has a problem in her classroom with an 11-year-old student. Her Bright Road co-star was Harry Belafonte, who played the school principal. The film demonstrated their romantic chemistry, which was evident in their next picture, Carmen Jones.
Hi there! First and foremost I would like to tell you how much I love this blog! I’ve been following this blog for awhile now (and also the account on IG) considering that I am also a huge fan of Dorothy. So thank you so much for the tremendous work of putting this blog together for such a beautiful, phenomenal, iconic woman.
Secondly, I just wanted to share a cute moment I had with my dad this past summer. I was watching Malaga in the living room, and my dad walked in. He literally stopped dead in his tracks and stared at Dorothy for what seemed like 5 minutes. I looked at him and smiled because I knew he was quite captivated by her beauty. Then he asks me, “who is she?” I was hoping he already knew who she was, but I wasn’t too mad. After all, he’s interested now. lol So I tell him, “Oh that’s Dorothy Dandridge! She’s incredible.” He then told me he heard her name before.
Then he asks… “well what is she?” (referring to her race/ethnicity)
I wasn’t too surprised that he asked that because after all Dorothy looked ethnically ambiguous (at least to me anyway), and given that the film is in black & white, lighting, etc… I can see why he would ask that question. However, the truth of the matter is that she’s black and that’s how she identified herself. That’s what I told him.
Then he said “ah… ok. Hmm.” And then he walked off.
I laughed so hard afterwards. I thought it was cute and funny. Dorothy still has heads turning today. :)
Okay, y’all. Please state your opinion on the previous question.
Which actress or singer, past or present, embodies Dorothy Dandridge’s beauty and essence the most?
Q:In your opinion, which actress or singer past or present embodies not only Dorothy' s beauty but her essence the most?
Because I’ve stated my opinion on this quite a few times, I’m gonna ask my followers and blog subscribers to answer with their opinion. 😊
"She [Dorothy Dandridge] always was a very gently, highly refined young lady. Soft spoken. No hard edges to her." -Orin Borsten, publicist to Dorothy Dandridge
"She [Dorothy Dandridge]behaved like a star, and I mean that in the best sense. She was simple. She was elegant. She was well-mannered. She was disciplined. She was focused on her work. I thought that Dorothy was gracious. Very sweet and never forthcoming.” - Olga James
Dorothy Dandridge and her Tamango co-star photographed at Maxim’s in Paris (circa April 1957). Many have asked about Mr. Cressan’s filmography. but Tamango was unfortunately his only film. Prior to this role, he was a medical student in Martinique.
Halle Berry On How She Found Dorothy Dandridge’s Spirit— And How She Finally Healed Her Own (Ebony, August 1999)
"She [Halle Berry] absolutely stole the essence of Dottie and she truly understood her. I felt like, for two hours, I’d been visiting with Dottie again. She would have been so pleased and so happy." - Geri Branton on Halle’s portrayal of Dorothy Dandridge in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
Dorothy Dandridge captivated Hollywood at Mocambo opening (Ebony, December 1953)
"When Ebony chose to me to photograph Halle Berry as Dorothy Dandridge, they did not know I had fallen in love with Dandridge back in 1959. After 15 minutes of perfect poses, I thought, ‘I’m not getting Dorothy. I remember Dorothy’s pleading for mercy, the thirst for tolerance, the crying and the anger that she exuded on screen — and off.’ I moved very close to Halle and said in a near whisper, ‘What is missing is the passion and anger seething inside of Dorothy. She was beautiful, but she was not happy. Surely you must understand that.’ She certainly did. The next few moments were some of the most extraordinary moments in front of any camera ever. The congress of beauty, rage, power and remorse that convened on Halle’s face and culminated with her in tears was the essence of the Dorothy Dandridge I had known, and one of the great highlights of my career.” - renowned photographer Harry Langdon