“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
"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.