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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge 1999

Just as with the rest of America, Hollywood, in the 1940's, was even more racially divided than it remains to be today; and Dorothy Dandridge, a singer and movie actress, was well-aware of that fact. As one of the Dandridge Sisters singing trio, and the child of a "mammy"-playing actress (Loretta Devine, as Ruby Dandridge), she had a hard row to tow in breaking Hollywood's/America's color barriers (along with the likes of Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, and Lena Horne) in becoming the first Black woman nominated for an Academy Award. Beautiful, sexy, and talented, Dandridge was still very aware that, after the curtain went down, she was "just a Negro" in the eyes of an audience that could cheer her performance, but wouldn't deign to share a dip in the pool with her. The men who played her like a violin - from Harold Nicholas (Obba Babatunde) of the tap-dancing Nicholas Brothers, to the director, Otto Preminger (Klaus Maria Brandauer), and especially the slimy Jack Dennison (D.B. Cooper) - were another matter entirely: in varying degrees, they cared not about the color of her face, but more about the color of her money.

Release Date:August 21st, 1999
Running Time:120 minutes
Directed By:
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Written By:
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Halle BerryHalle Berry
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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Movie Review by Movie Addict (4/7/2008)

Long before Barack Obama wasn't considered "Black" enough, Dorothy Dandridge suffered the same criticism. Black or not, she was beautiful and could sing like a meadowlark.

Looking at old pictures of Dandridge, you could see why Halle Berry was chosen. She is Dandridge brought back to life. She may not have the pipes of...

(complete Introducing Dorothy Dandridge review by Movie Addict)

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