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Title:
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
Author:
Berry, Halle.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[New York, NY] : HBO Home Video, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
An acclaimed stage performer, Dorothy Dandridge still struggled with the challenge of her color, in a time that wouldn't let some stars in by the front door. Yet against the odds, she beat out many more famous rivals for the role of Carmen Jones, becoming the first black woman ever nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award.
General Note:
Based on the book by Earl Mills.

Special features include: interactive menus, cast and crew bios, scene selections.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Rated R.
ISBN:
9780783116747

9780780661752
UPC:
883929139545
Format :
DVD

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Dorothy Dandridge was a singer, nightclub entertainer, and actress who became the first African-American woman to receive an Academy award nomination as Best Actress (for her standout performance in 1954's Carmen Jones; she lost to Grace Kelly). However, despite her striking beauty and obvious talent, Dandridge was a sexy, glamorous black femme fatale at a time when Hollywood pin-up queens were supposed to be giggly blondes. The film industry didn't know what to do with her, and while her nightclub act was a bit too smooth for the Southern roadhouse circuit, as a black performer she wasn't allowed to stay in many of the hotels and resorts where she performed. Dandridge also had a sad personal life, filled with tragedy and romantic disappointment, and she died of an overdose of pills in 1965, at the age of 41. This made-for-cable biographical drama stars Halle Berry as Dorothy Dandridge, supported by Brent Spiner, Obba Babatunde, and Klaus Maria Brandauer. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


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