Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge Dorothy Dandridge like Marilyn and Liz was a dream goddess of the fifties All audiences ever had to do was take one look at her in a nightclub on television or in the movies and they were hooked She

  • Title: Dorothy Dandridge
  • Author: Donald Bogle
  • ISBN: 9781567430349
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dorothy Dandridge like Marilyn and Liz was a dream goddess of the fifties All audiences ever had to do was take one look at her in a nightclub, on television, or in the movies and they were hooked She was unforgettable, Hollywood s first full fledged African American movie star.This definitive biography exhaustively researched presents the panoramic dimenDorothy Dandridge like Marilyn and Liz was a dream goddess of the fifties All audiences ever had to do was take one look at her in a nightclub, on television, or in the movies and they were hooked She was unforgettable, Hollywood s first full fledged African American movie star.This definitive biography exhaustively researched presents the panoramic dimensions of this extraordinary and ultimately tragic life Talented from the start, Dorothy Dandridge began her career as a little girt in Cleveland in an act that her mother Ruby, an actress and comedienne, created for her and her sister Vivian By the time she reached her teens, she was working in such Hollywood movies as Going Places with Louis Armstrong and A Day at the Races with the Marx Brothers She also appeared at New York s Cotton Club in a trio called The Dandridge Sisters, but soon went solo, determined to make a name for herself She became one of the most dazzling and sensational nightclub performers around, all the white breaking down racial barriers by integrating some of America s hottest venues.But she wanted Movie stardom was her dream And she got it Dandridge broke through the glass ceiling of Tinseltown to win an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for her lead role in Otto Preminger s Carmen Jones Other films such as Porgy and Bess, Island in the Sun, and Tamango would follow and the media would take notice In an industry that was content to use Black women as comic mammy figures, Dorothy Dandridge emerged as a leading lady, a cultural icon, and a sizzling sex symbol.She seemed to have everything glamour, wealth, romance and success But the reality was fraught with contradiction and illusion She became a dramatic actress unable to secure dramatic roles While she had many gifts to offer, Hollywood would not be the taker.As her professional frustrations grew, so did her personal demons After two unhappy marriages her first to the great dancer Harold Nicholas a string of unfulfilling, love affairs, and the haunting tragedy of her daughter Lynn, she found herself emotionally and financially bankrupt She ultimately lost all hope and was found dead from an overdose of antidepressant pills at the age of 42.Drawing on extensive research and unique interviews with Dorothy Dandridge s friends and associates, her directors and confidantes, film historian Donald Bogle captures the real life drama of Dandridge s turbulent life but he does so much .This biography documents the story of a troubled but strong family of women and vividly recreates Dandridge s relationships with an array of personalities such as Otto Preminger, Sammy Davis Jr Pearl Bailey, Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Peter Lawford, Ava Gardner, and many Always at the center though is Dorothy Dandridge, magnetic and compelling.Donald Bogle better than anyone else goes beyond the surface of one woman s seemingly charmed life to reveal the many textured layers of her strength and vulnerability, her joy and her pain, her trials and her triumphs.

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    1. Dorothy Dandridge was one of Hollywood s first iconic black stars She was dubbed the black Monroe , but was a true original Actually, she was a friend of Marilyn Monroe and there are many parallels in their lives and careers The major difference being that, whatever else she suffered, Marilyn did not have to endure racism Dorothy was raised by a neglectful mother and an abusive aunt Her father was excluded from her life She sang and danced from an early age, and was financially supporting her fa [...]


    2. I believe Ms Dandridge s outcome in her life and career would have been different if she had a better support system Thrown out to do whatever her mother told her to do, just get on stage, any stage, made Dorothy shy and quiet She was very talented but her skin color was always the deal breaker Too light, OK we ll let you have a dressing room To tan or dark you ll get ready in the bathroom or closet This extremely talented woman s self esteem was crashing to the ground She finally got a break in [...]


    3. Donald Bogle does an excellent job in chronicling Dorothy Dandridge s life Readers see how Dandridge grew up and was pushed to become a performer as her mother wanted Throughout the book, we see Dandridge struggle with being a black female Hollywood performer As Bogle tells her tales, the realization comes that Dandridge is a head of her time She cannot completely flourish in an industry where black entertainers are not prized like White entertainers.If you want to read a book exposing further h [...]


    4. I learned things I didn t know before, and it makes me want to do to put her name out there and let her story be known It s a great read


    5. Before Halle Berry, Alfre Woodard, and Angela Bassett, there was Dorothy Dandridge, a remarkably talented actress singer whose own life story may have paralleled, if not exceeded, many of the movies in which she starred in terms of drama and heartache As a struggling black entertainer in a predominantly white world, shy Dorothy would be seen in her day as a pioneer, breaking color barriers in Vegas nightclubs and within the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sadly, for every rung she cl [...]


    6. I am disappointed by this book The subject is fresh and interesting, and the book is backed up by research, but Bogle doesn t step out of the way and let Dandridge s story be told He has sprinkled his own opinions and insights throughout There are no footnotes either, which I think are important for a work that claims to be in depth.There were also some strange grammar choices that clashed My distaste for this aspect is hard to explainrhaps the book needed a stronger editor.


    7. Appreciate Donald Bogle s continued research on Dorothy In this book you will find out about Dorothy from her relatives, friends, co stars and acquaintances Many are open about what it was like to be in her presence As I read this I can picture Dorothy right in front of me So much reference as well Well worth the read if you want to find out facts about her.


    8. Appreciate Donald Bogle s continued research on Dorothy.In this book you will find out about Dorothy from her relatives, friends, co stars and acquaintances Many are open about what it was like to be in her presence.As I read this I can picture Dorothy right in front of me.So much reference as well.Well worth the read if you want to find out facts about her.


    9. Did not finish reading this book but it was very interesting One thing i didn t like was the author kept referencing the shade of her skin color It was very annoying and seemed like a type of colorist the author was preaching.



    10. She was before her time But she paid the cost for today s black actresses I thank this author for providing this information about her to us.


    11. Mr Bogle is an excellent author and tackles some subjects that many of us want to know about but there are little sources for A very intimate look at the life of Dorothy Dandridge.








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