Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)




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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.
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Halle Berry
as Dorothy Dandridge
Cynda Williams
as Vivian Dandridge
Klaus Maria Brandauer
as Otto Preminger
Brent Spiner
as Earl Mills
Kerri Randles
as Marilyn Monroe
Obba Babatundé
as Harold Nicholas
Darrian C. Ford
as Fayard Nicholas
William Atherton
as Darryl F. Zanuck
Sharon Brown
as Etta Jones
Benjamin Brown
as Sidney Poitier
Mark Bramhall
as Carmen Jones Production Designer
Billy Mayo
as Sergeant
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Critic Reviews for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

All Critics (6)

Coolidge and Berry have an obvious affection and passion for this movie trailblazer, and the film they have made is an accordingly respectful tribute.

Full Review… | January 7, 2005

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October 9, 2005
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October 31, 2004
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November 6, 2003
Cinema Signals

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February 3, 2003
Sunday Times (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

A very good movie. Doesn't take too many liberties with Dorothy's life. However if one knows a lot about Dorothy Dandridge, they'll realize that so much has been taken and left out of this movie. Dorothy's real life tragedies and sadness was much deeper than what this movie depicted. But of course, some things have to be taken out to put into a movie. But overall, the cast and crew did a good job with this film. This movie sparked the admiration and adoration I have for Dorothy Dandridge.

Adrienne Warren
Adrienne Warren

A tiny bit over dramatized but very convincing perfomance by Halle Berry.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Its fun to go back and watch current superstars working their way up the Hollywood ladder by taking on meaty roles like Halle Berry does in this one. Its then funny to think of how little this movie actually helped her career compared to how she blew up after her breasts got that producer credit on Swordfish.

Peter Arnberg
Peter Arnberg

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