Dorothy Dandridge



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  • Birth Name: Dorothy Jean Dandridge
  • Birth Place: Cleveland, OH
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/09/1922, Scorpio
  • Date of Death: 09/08/1965
  • Profession: Actor; singer
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Dorothy Dandridge Fast Facts:
  • Dropped out of high school and joined forces with her sister and Etta Jones to create a performing trio called the Dandridge Sisters.
  • Performed as a nightclub singer at the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater.
  • Was the first African-American nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award (for her role in Carmen Jones).
  • Had one child, a daughter, with first husband Harold Nicholas. She was born with a brain injury and was eventually put in a state hospital after Dandridge could no longer afford her care.
  • Died of an accidental drug overdose at age 42.
  • Dorothy Dandridge Relationships:
  • Vivian Dandridge - Sister
  • Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas - Daughter
  • Harold Nicholas - Ex-husband
  • Jack Denison - Ex-husband
  • Ruby Dandridge - Mother
  • Cyril Dandridge - Father
  • Peter Lawford - Ex-significant Other
  • Otto Preminger - Ex-significant Other
  • Dorothy Dandridge Awards:
  • 1960 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1955 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Foreign Actress - Nominee
  • 1960 Golden Globe: Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1954 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee


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