While most assumed Dorothy Dandridge to be an assured, take charge, relentlessly social creature, her sister Vivian described her as a “shy, sensitive introvert. Dorothy seemed to be afraid of people and felt most comfortable when she could shut the door and withdraw from them. She had few close friends. And there were times when she enjoyed parties, receptions, and openings. But at heart, Dorothy felt alone.
Jet magazine, October 21, 1957.
"I suppose you could say that I am basically emotional, and there are some things such as graduations and your husband being there even your baby is born, that are very important to me. I missed both of those. My husband wasn’t there when my baby was born and I did miss my graduation. And it think the only constructive thing I have done about it is instead of crawling in a hole somewhere or dying on the vine, I use it in my acting, which comes out in an emotional way. If I have a scene to do that’s emotional, it’s easy for me to grab an emotion, because I already have them there—little hurts." - Dorothy Dandridge
"She [Dorothy Dandridge] had been bred for stardom.” - Harold Nicholas
Dorothy Dandridge photographed during cabaret season at The Savoy Hotel (circa April 11, 1956).
Dorothy Dandridge photographed on the French Riviera, April 30 1957.Original caption by the Associated Press: “American film star Dorothy Dandridge polishes up on her French with help of Michel Thomas while taking a rest at Antibes, on the French Riveria, before starting a new movie. They are shown near the Eden Rook swimming pool at Antibes Friday.”
“Dorothy Dandridge’s looks made the other actresses jealous. She had the most beautiful face and the perfect body, and her smile and eyes were totally mesmerizing.” - Diahann Carroll
Dorothy Dandridge photographed back in Cleveland, Ohio with her childhood friend, Dorothy Hughes-McConnell and husband, Woodrow McConnell. Dorothy was in her birthplace for a nightclub appearance.
Geri Branton, Joel Fluellen, and Dorothy Dandridge at a fundraiser that Dorothy hosted in her home. At one time, Mr. Fluellen served on the board of the Actors Lab. He also catered many parties for Dorothy.
Dorothy Dandridge and director Gerald Mayer on the set of Bright Road.
"She was certainly one of the most absolutely ladylike people I ever met. She never boosted about how good she was. She never complained. I think she was probably shy, but it didn’t show up. If you would meet her, she was pleasant and personable with great charm. The shyness didn’t show. But you know, she was an actress, too." - Gerald Mayer