Femme Fatale Dorothy

Femme Fatale Dorothy

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Femme Fatale Dorothy

Child Star – singer – Performer – Actor – Mother

The most famous African-American actor of the golden age of Hollywood Cinema, Madame Dorothy is a true “Femme Fatale”. Crossover child performer who made the leap from singing in the Dandridge Sisters comprised of her sister and friend Etta James, to solo performer and silver screen darling decades before Diana Ross.  Dorothy’s break out role that launched her career was her appearance in the 1937 Marx Brothers classic A Day at the Races. Hollywood to notice of this bright shining star and the rest is as they say, “her-story”.  Some Highlights and accomplishments of Femme Fatale Dorothy:

  • Earned a roll in Meet the People, an all white review  in Los Angeles (1940).
  • One of the first African-Americans to desegregate LA’s Actors Lab (1948).
  • Starring film role in Bright Road, playing a young schoolteacher opposite Harry Belafonte (1953).
  • Stared in Tarzan’s Peril across from Lex Parker in an interracial love interest (1953).
  • First African-American to grace the cover of Life magazine.
  • Acclaimed vocalist preforming at venues such as the Cotton Club, the Apollo Theater, London’s Palladium, Mocambo club in Hollywood,  with Desi Arnaz,  and the Frontier in Las Vegas to name a few.
  • Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Carmen Jones in 1954.
  • Nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Porgy and Bess in 1959.

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