Biography and 20 The Best Dorothy Dandridge Movies





Moment of Danger

Dorothy Dandridge, Trevor Howard

Released: 1960

Directed by: László Benedek

Malaga is a film directed by László Benedek released on Oct 14, 1960.


The Harlem Globetrotters

Dorothy Dandridge, Thomas Gomez

Released: 1951

Directed by: Phil Brown, Will Jason

The Harlem Globetrotters is a 1951 film directed by Phil Brown and Will Jason..

13.Remains to Be Seen

Angela Lansbury, Dorothy Dandridge

Released: 1953

Directed by: Don Weis

Remains to Be Seen is a 1953 comedy crime mystery musical film based on the story by Russel Crouse and Howard Lindsay, written by Sidney Sheldon and directed by Don Weis..


The Murder Men

James Coburn, Dorothy Dandridge

Released: 1961

Directed by: John Peyser

The Murder Men is a 1961 television film starring Peter Mark Richman, James Coburn, and Dorothy Dandridge…


Bright Road

Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte

Released: 1953

Directed by: Gerald Mayer

Bright Road is a 1953 film written by Emmet Lavery and directed by Gerald Mayer..

10.Atlantic City

Atlantic City is a 1944 musical romance directed by Ray McCarey. The film concerns the formative years of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Vaudeville acts are re-created in the story of how Atlantic City became a famous resort. The supporting cast features Louis Armstrong and Dorothy Dandridge. The film was reissued in 1950 under the title Atlantic City Honeymoon..

9.The Decks Ran Red

Dorothy Dandridge, Broderick Crawford

Released: 1958

Directed by: Andrew L. Stone

The Decks Ran Red is a 1958 M-G-M seagoing suspense drama based on the book Infamy at Sea, and directed by Andrew L. Stone. The feature starred James Mason, Dorothy Dandridge..


Dorothy Dandridge, Curd Jürgens

Released: 1958

Directed by: John Berry

Tamango is a 1958 French/Italian film directed by John Berry, a black-listed American director who exiled himself to Europe. Dorothy Dandridge and Curd Jürgens star in the film with co-stars..

7.Lady from Louisiana

John Wayne, Dorothy Dandridge

Released: 1941

Directed by: Bernard Vorhaus

Lady from Louisiana is a 1941 American disaster film starring John Wayne. It was produced and directed by Bernard Vorhaus for Republic Pictures..

6.Hit Parade of 1943

Dorothy Dandridge, Susan Hayward

Released: 1943

Directed by: Albert S. Rogell

Hit Parade of 1943 also known as Change of Heart is a 1943 musical film made by Republic Pictures. It was directed by Albert S. Rogell and produced by Albert J. Cohen from a screenplay…


Gene Tierney, Dorothy Dandridge

Released: 1941

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

Sundown is a 1941 American war film directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Bruce Cabot and Gene Tierney. The film’s adventure story, set against a World War II backdrop in British East…

4.Tarzan’s Peril

Dorothy Dandridge, Lex Barker

Released: 1951

Directed by: Byron Haskin

Tarzan’s Peril is a 1951 film starring Lex Barker as Tarzan and Virginia Huston as Jane, and featuring Dorothy Dandridge as “Melmendi, Queen of the Ashuba.” Some of it was shot in Kenya..

3.Island in the Sun

Joan Collins, Dorothy Dandridge

Released: 1957

Directed by: Robert Rossen

Island in the Sun is a 1957 drama film produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and directed by Robert Rossen. It features an ensemble cast including James Mason, Harry Belafonte, Joan Fontaine…

2.Porgy and Bess

Sidney Poitier, Sammy Davis

Released: 1959

Directed by: Otto Preminger

Porgy and Bess is a 1959 American musical film directed by Otto Preminger. It is based on the 1935 opera of the same name by George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, and Ira Gershwin, which..

1.Carmen Jones

Dorothy Dandridge, Diahann Carroll

Released: 1954

Directed by: Otto Preminger

Carmen Jones is a 1954 American musical film starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte, produced and directed by Otto Preminger. The screenplay by Harry Kleiner is based on the..

BIOGRAPHY  Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge

American singer and actress
Dorothy Dandridge, in full Dorothy Jean Dandridge, (born November 9, 1922, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.—died September 8, 1965, West Hollywood, California), American singer and film actress who was the first black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for best actress.

Dandridge’s mother was an entertainer and comedic actress who, after settling in Los Angeles, had some success in radio and, later, television. The young Dorothy and her sister Vivian began performing publicly as children and in the 1930s joined a third (unrelated) girl as the Dandridge Sisters, singing and dancing. In the 1940s and early ’50s Dorothy secured a few bit roles in films and developed a highly successful career as a solo nightclub singer, eventually appearing in such popular clubs as the Waldorf Astoria’s Empire Room in New York City.

Dandridge then won the title role in Otto Preminger’s all-black Carmen Jones (1954), earning an Oscar nomination. (She did not sing in Carmen Jones, however; the singing was dubbed by mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne.) Because she was a black woman in a racially tense era, film offers thereafter did not come readily, though she did appear in Island in the Sun (1957), which dealt with miscegenation and costarred Harry Belafonte, as well as in The Decks Ran Red (1958), Tamango (1959), and Moment of Danger (1960). One of her most important roles was Bess in Preminger’s handsomely produced Porgy and Bess (1959), starring opposite Sidney Poitier.


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