Dorothy Dandridge, the international singing beauty.
Dorothy Dandridge and Sammy Davis, Jr.
Dorothy Dandridge chatting with Anthony Quinn on the set of his film, Ride,Vaquero!
"What makes you really happy is when you love and give and understand, when you look at beauty and really see it. We are so busy watching the road under our feet we forget to look up and see the beauty all around us." ~ Dorothy Dandridge
All eyes were on the first black actress to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress as she arrived at the 27th Academy Awards presentation at New York’s Century Theatre. As millions of viewers watched from home, Dorothy Dandridge was about to reach the pinnacle of fame. Although Grace Kelly took home the golden statue, but Dorothy Dandridge had arrived in the eyes of Black Hollywood and America.
"What my character has turned out to be is a whore. I’m always sitting on a brass bed with my stockings down. It’s so hard for them to think of a Negro island girl as anything but a prostitute." ~ Dorothy Dandridge on her Island in the Sun role. Despite that, the film was a box office success.
Dorothy Dandridge publicity photo via eBay
Dorothy Dandridge via Movie Glamour.
"Look, I love you. I would like to marry you, but let’s face it. I wouldn’t work another day if we were married. And neither would you.” ~ Actor Peter Lawford to Dorothy DandridgeOne of my first blogs posts about their relationship can be read here.