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.
September 6, 1965.
Dorothy Dandridge publicity photo via eBay
Dorothy Dandridge as the cover girl for the April 1953 issue of Ebony. (x)
Hello , this is Dottie at a benefit. Happy Black History Month and again lovely blog
Dorothy Dandridge photographed in New York with Pierre Salinger (President John F. Kennedy’s Press Secretary) during one of her club engagements. According to Dorothy’s manager Earl Mills, Mr. Salinger was a loyal fan of Dorothy Dandridge.
Another great magazine available on ebay for someone looking to add to their Dorothy Dandridge collection. (x) Please notice the article "Why I Remain a Bachelor" by Dorothy’s ex-husband, Harold Nicholas.