Dorothy Dandridge pictured with friends at Gibbs Country Club in Los Angeles.
Standing, left to right: Louis Armstrong, “Stuff” Crouch, Prince Spencer, Harold Nicholas, Count Basie, and Harry “Sweets” Edison. The man on the far left is unidentified. Seated, left to right: Alyce Key, Dorothy Dandridge, and Catherine Morgan Basie. The two women on the right are unidentified.
They are at the Turban Room in Los Angeles.
George & Al Ramsey, John S. Alessio, Dorothy Dandridge, and Eddie Burbidge pictured in Tijuana, Mexico. The January 1947 photo was most likely taken at the fifth running of the “Bronze Derby” at the Hipodromo De Tijuana, in which all the horses were ridden by black jockeys. Dottie was there to present the winner of the race with a floral wreath.
Lillian Randolph Chase, Dorothy Dandridge and Sydney Dones at the Miss Bronze America Pageant, Los Angeles, 1940s. Lillian Randolph Chase is third from the left, and Sydney Dones is second from the right. Dottie is pictured in the hat next to the winner of the pageant.
Left to Right: vocalist/pianist/composer Hadda Brooks, actress Maggie Hathaway, and the LEGENDARY Ms. Dorothy Dandridge photographed at the Gibbs Jockey Club Cafe in Los Angeles.
Attorney Walter L. Gordon, Jr. collected photographs of the legal and social life of black community from the late 1930s-1960s. The photos in his collection came from friends, family and photographers’ discard piles. This entire collection was given to William C. Beverly back in 2002. Mr. Beverly then loaned them to Eighth & Wall, whose purpose is preserve and present the forgotten stories of African American history in Los Angeles.
In July 2010, the collection was donated to UCLA . this collection is being catalogued, restored, and preserved there. where it is currently being catalogued, restored and preserved. The entire collection is simply wonderful! It truthfully belongs in an African-American museum for all to see.
My point in saying all this is that I am about to post photos of Dorothy Dandridge from the collection, and I apologize in advance for the quality of them.
“The Tragic Story of Dorothy Dandridge’s Retarded Daughter”
Jet Magazine’s August 22, 1963 article on Dorothy’s sit-down interview with Mike Douglas, the interview where she discussed Harolyn’s mental retardation. This was the first time that she ever publicly talked about Harolyn’s illness.
Dorothy Dandridge photographed at Lindsay’s Sky Bar in Cleveland, Ohio by Frank Kuchirchuk. The photo is now part of the Frank Kuchirchuk Collection of Jazz Photography at Oberlin Conservatory of Music on the campus of Oberlin College in Cleveland. Mr. Kuchirchuk said that this is his favorite photograph.
African American Female Biopics:
Diana Ross as Billie Holiday in “Lady Sings The Blues”
Lynn Whitfield as Josephine Baker in “The Story of Josephine Baker”
Angela Bassett as Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got To Do With It”
Halle Berry as Dorothy Dandridge in “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”
Procrastination + severe anemia
For those who’ve requested a DVD copy of Porgy and Bess, I promise to get them made and mailed out by next weekend. I’m sorry for the delay. Not only am I a procrastinator, but I’ve been anemic my whole life. Lately my anemia has resulted in an EXTREMELY low blood count that has just left me with zero energy to do anything when I get home other than sleeping. After having test after test at the doctor’s office, it’s in my best interest to have a blood transfusion. Anyone who knows me KNOWS I said hell no at the 1st suggestion of a transfusion. However after having more tests done, my doctor said I NEED to have it done. So yea, that will be happening in a couple of days & the doctor said I will be jumping off the wall with energy. That means I’ll feel up to making & mailing DVDs to y’all.
Thanks for being patient & not hounding me about it!
For some Dorothy Dandridge represented an unfulfilled promise. For others she was a sign of power of drive and ambition to break down barriers. For others she was a doomed beauty, struggling heroically against personal demons and the fundamental racism if the industry.
“Her own personal demons came out of everything the industry was at that time. I mean there’s no putting those things aside. Her personal life and her personal demons in terms of the negative things that occurred in her personal life are not really that desperate from who she was.” - actor Brock Peters
Mainstream media and Hollywood would forget Dorothy Dandridge within a relatively short period of time, wiping her from its historical record. Later, part of her compelling legend was the very fact that she had been forgotten—-except by black America, which would pass her story on, one generation after another. For Blacks in Hollywood, especially actresses at the close of one century and the opening if another—-Janet Jackson, Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon, Vanessa Williams, Whitney Houston, Jasmine Guy, and Halle Berry—-Dorothy Dandridge’s story would resonate. As the great tragic African American actress of twentieth-century cinema, she became a potent mythic goddess, every bit as haunting and significant a symbol as Marilyn Monroe would be for the mainstream community.
Dorothy Dandridge performing at the Last Frontier in Las Vegas