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Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Jean Dandridge (November 9, 1922 – September 8, 1965) was an American film and theatre actress, singer, and dancer. She one of the first black actresses to have a successful Hollywood career and the first to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1954 film Carmen Jones. Dandridge performed as a vocalist in venues such as the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater. During her early career, she performed as a part of The Wonder Children, later The Dandridge Sisters, and appeared in a succession of films, usually in uncredited roles.

In 1959, Dandridge was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Porgy and Bess. She is the subject of the 1999 HBO biographical film, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. She has been recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Dandridge was married and divorced twice, first to dancer Harold Nicholas (the father of her daughter, Harolyn Suzanne) and then to hotel owner Jack Denison. Dandridge died under mysterious circumstances at age 42.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 9th, 1922 (Cleveland), Died September 8th, 1965 (Hollywood)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1944

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 3502 10-in. 8/9/1944 Whatcha say? Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dandridge, Dorothy," accessed December 3, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/310820.

Dandridge, Dorothy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 3, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/310820.

"Dandridge, Dorothy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 December 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/310820

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