It’s amazing how someone I’ve never met, someone who passed away decades before I was even born, has had such a major impact on my life. I’m forever grateful that my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles helped cultivate my love for you, Ms. Dorothy Dandridge. I often think about how Diahann Carroll was so right when she said that you should have been the biggest star in the world, but you weren’t because of the color of your skin. Hollywood wasn’t very accepting of a beautiful black woman as a major star. It’s so unfortunate that during your lifetime, no one truly fought for you to have a place in Hollywood. Despite the setbacks you faced, you always carried yourself with the utmost dignity.
Angel Face, I’m here to fight to make sure that your life and legacy is never forgotten. You live on through me, and through all who truly recognize and appreciate all that you did.
Happy Birthday, my beautiful idol.
Dorothy Dandridge arriving with her sister at the premiere of Carmen Jones in New York City on October 28, 1954.
Curd Jürgens and Dorothy Dandridge. My beautiful idol looks like the belle of the ball. Absolutely stunning!
A few weeks ago I posted about this vintage magazine being for sale overseas. Well, someone in Belgium took it upon themselves to send it to ME! How they got my address, I have NO clue. Thank you whoever you are! Drop me a message, comment, tweet, email or something so that I can personally thank you! I’m thrilled to add this to my personal collection.
"Dorothy Dandridge is an indelible figure of Hollywood lore, a beautiful screen siren whose talent and intelligence shown brightly on the silver screen. And yet one is left to wonder what Dandridge could have been had she not be hamstrung by the blatant racism and sexism of her day. A trailblazer for such contemporary actresses as Halle Berry and Angela Bassett, Dandridge continues to be an important and unforgettable screen presence to fans worldwide." - writer Cynthia C. Scott
"With Best Wishes - Dorothy Dandridge"
"Miss Dandridge heard such an applause as she never heard before. Park Avenue applause. Fifth Avenue applause. Society applause. The usually reserved patrons of the usually reserved room were letting themselves go.”~ Gene Knight of Journal-America on Dorothy Dandridge’s historic opening night performance at the Waldorf Astoria’s Empire Room
Dorothy Dandridge, April 1954 issue of TV Life.
Dorothy Dandridge gracing the June 1955 issue of Cine Révélation. This is currently being auctioned off on Ebay, however the seller is located in Belgium.
"This room has echoed to the best performers in show business, and Miss Dandridge joins that elite group of glittering talent."- journalist Gene Knight on Dorothy Dandridge’s historic April 11, 1955 engagement as the first black entertainer to perform at the Empire Room inside of New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria.
(Please note that this photo is NOT from that actual performance.)