"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
Dorothy Dandridge publicity photo via eBay
During the month of September 1955, Dorothy Dandridge found herself in court as her two agents, Earl Mills and Bernice Black, fought a court battle with the prize being 10% of Dottie’s earnings. Bernice Black, who had been obtaining some jobs for the beautiful star, sued Earl Mills for $1200. Bernice said this was owed to her through a verbal agreement she made with Earl. Dorothy was said to not give much concern to the financial end of her lucrative career, leaving to up to Earl. However, she was subpoenaed as a witness in the lawsuit. Dottie wanted nothing to do with legal squabble. When the reporters crowded around her with questions, she said: "It’s all just silly.” She threw her pink scarf around her shoulder, and ducked into the ladies room. While the media waited for her to come out, Dottie quietly slipped out of the side door that led to a parking lot. In the end, Ms. Bernice Black won a settlement of $500, and the court denied the counter suit filed by Earl Mills.
Dorothy Dandridge as the cover girl for the April 1953 issue of Ebony. (x)
Dorothy Dandridge and Curd Jurgens. The description of the photo stated that this was upon arrival at the premiere of Carmen Jones, but that cannot be accurate. Dorothy attended the premiere with her sister, Vivian.
If anyone is interested, my favorite eBay seller currently has this June 1952 issue of Our World featuring Dorothy Dandridge up for auction. I’ve purchased from her, and she’s a sweetheart. (x)
Dorothy Dandridge on the cover of the October 1953 issue of Negro Review.
Dorothy Dandridge always stood out because of her beauty. Her flawless complexion absolutely literally glowed before the cameras. And at all times, she was classy and glamorous.
Dorothy photographed at the 8th Cannes Film Festival.
Dorothy Dandridge was the first Black person to perform in the Empire Room of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1951. In the same year, she also broke all attendance records at the Mocambo in Hollywood. Despite all of her success, Dorothy truly hated touring and performing in nightclubs. She constantly fought her own insecurities about her appearance (despite being absolutely GORGEOUS) and ability. Racism was also ever so present. Although she was appearing in the top hotels, she was not allowed to stay in them as a guest as a result if the segregation and discrimination that was happening in America. (Photo circa 1954).