Remembering Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge

Born in 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, Dorothy Dandridge found early success in show business by performing with her sister, leading to her first appearances in film.

Following her star turn in the 1954 musical Carmen Jones, she became the first African American to be nominated for a Best Actress (leading role) Oscar.

Dandridge found it difficult to replicate that success, and her final years were marred by personal and professional problems, until her death at age 42 in 1965.

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