"So many of you probably think that the life of show business people is all fun and glitter but we are human beings, too. What happens to us is very much the same as what happens to you." - Dorothy Dandridge
"Johnny—Thanks for everything—Sincerely, Dorothy Dandridge.”
Dorothy Dandridge photographed during cabaret season at The Savoy Hotel (circa April 11, 1956).
She had a gorgeous figure. She was a person you could fall in love with. Just a lovely person. She was easygoing, sensitive, never difficult.” - East Coast fashion designer Zelda Wynn Valdes on her working relationship with Dorothy Dandridge.
"Looking stunning in a a white, body-hugging Travilla gown, she mesmerized the audience with sensitive renderings of wistful songs such as “What is This Thing Called Love?”
“They were only going to let Dottie get so far. They were not ready to let her [a black woman] become a really big star.”
Geri Branton on Dorothy Dandridge
“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 and her Tamango costar Curd Jürgens at a party hosted by Elizabeth Taylor and her husband Mike Todd during the 1957 Cannes Film Festival. Photographers snapped away as Dottie and Curd danced, dined, smiled, and talked. Of course rumors of a romance popped up. Although Dottie was somewhat involved with Jackass Denison at the time, she fell for the charms of Curd.
A few days ago someone had some choice words about Dorothy’s image being used to make her “appear” sexy. This individual stated that they would NEVER support an image that was created to make Dorothy appear sexy because that isn’t what she wanted. Well, "Don’t be afraid of sex appeal, says Dorothy Dandridge."
Dorothy and Harold cutting their wedding cake. (September 6, 1942)
"I wasn’t ready for marriage, but this was a pretty girl. Beautiful. I think it was an ego trip for me. At the beginning, everyone wanting this pretty woman. But she wanted me. And I felt differently about her than all those other girls that I used to go with." - Harold Nicholas