D Is For Dorothy Dandridge

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Whenever I watch Carmen Jones, I think of how spell-binding and captivating this woman was on screen. Later, I saw her in the film, Island In The Sun with Harry Belafonte and James Mason. Halle Berry brought her to life with her amazing performance in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. That should have been an Oscar, by the way.

  • Dorothy had a career in performing nurtured from childhood;
  • Her beauty graced the cover of Life Magazine;
  • As much as she could with the tough Hollywood standards, she rejected roles which were an insult to her race; No slave roles.
  • Carmen Jones was Dorothy Dandridge. She embraced the character winning over the movie executives for the role;
  • She was the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Oscar;
  • She paved the way in that 50 years later, Halle Berry won an Oscar for Best Actress
  • Sharing an interracial kiss on screen caused her movie to be banned;

Beauty, grace, intelligence, charm do not adequately sum up Miss Dorothy Dandridge.

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