Dorothy Dandridge at home.
*disclaimer* these are not my photos, hence the HCP watermark.
For the Love of Dorothy Dandridge 2014 calendar! Each month features a beautiful photo of my dearest Dottie.
I’m currently reading Terry McMillan’s new book, Who Asked You. It’s been out since September, but I’m just now getting around to reading it. Anyway, I LOVE how she slipped in a little Dorothy Dandridge!
Vintage pamphlet from Dorothy Dandridge’s “Sweet ‘N Hot”, All Colored Review at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles that began on January 19, 1944. If you recall, I posted this photo of Lena Horne waiting backstage at one of these shows. I’m almost certain that the face that Lena’s head is blocking in that photo is Dottie.
Geri Branton, Dorothy Dandridge’s best friend and former sister in law, said that the Hollywood legend could never accept racism.
"That was one of her tragedies - she couldn’t come to grips with that. And when exceptions were made with her - she couldn’t accept that, either. She was allowed to go through the casinos in Las Vegas, others (blacks) couldn’t. That really embarrassed her and caused her great guilt - she really tortured herself. "
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Thank you all so much for taking part in honoring the life and legacy of Dorothy Jean Dandridge.
Dorothy Dandridge photographed by Philippe Halsman
Dorothy Jean Dandridge went up against the racial barriers that existed for black entertainers. Although breaking down such barriers was not an easy task. she did it. Unfortunately, Dottie was ultimately torn apart by the very world that she was trying so very hard to change. It will always sadden me that her life and legacy does not get the full appreciation and recognition that is so rightfully deserved.