"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
Dorothy Dandridge, the international singing beauty.
"Dorothy Dandridge is a picture of loveliness as she attends the Academy Award presentations at New York’s Century Theatre. The gracious Dandridge stole the show at New York’s version of the Academy Award ceremony though movie stars and celebrities were a dime a dozen.” - The Associated Press reported.
It was a historic night for Dottie as she was the first black person to be nominated for an Academy Award in a LEAD role. She also presented an award for Film Editing, thus making her the first black woman invited to participate in the show. Although she wanted to win the Oscar, Dottie insisted that there was no way that she would actually win. According to Earl Mills, Dottie had a thank you speech memorized. However during rehearsals, she said: "It’s too soon for me to win. I’m too new in the movie business. If I don’t win, I hope my friend Judy [Garland] wins it.” As we all know, Grace Kelly went on to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. Although disappointed, Dottie was very optimistic about the future. While enjoying a plate of chitterlings later that evening Dorothy said, "Earl, dear, I know I’m going to win an Oscar one day. I really enjoy acting and it will get me off the road.”
All eyes were on the first black actress to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress as she arrived at the 27th Academy Awards presentation at New York’s Century Theatre. As millions of viewers watched from home, Dorothy Dandridge was about to reach the pinnacle of fame. Although Grace Kelly took home the golden statue, but Dorothy Dandridge had arrived in the eyes of Black Hollywood and America.