Dorothy Dandridge performing at the Last Frontier in Las Vegas
She stole the spotlight at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival!
“What was I? That outdated “tragic mulatto” of earlier fiction? Oddly enough, there remains some validity in this concept, in a society not yet integrated. I wasn’t fully accepted in either world, black or white. I was too light to satisfy Negroes, not light enough to secure the screen work, the roles, the marriage status available to a white woman. I had been catapulted from a primarily Negro environment high up into white-peopled studios and salons. Subtly, while experiencing what seemed to be a full acceptance, I encountered not-yetness. Whites weren’t quite ready for full acceptance even of me, purportedly beautiful, passable, acceptable, talented, called by critics every superlative in the lexicon employed for a talented and beautiful woman. Yet the barrier was there.” - Dorothy Dandridge, Everything and Nothing
“Miss Dandridge has skyrocketed into the strata of rare mesmerizers. She looks gorgeous, wears stunning gowns, and has a bewitching sexiness.” - Variety Magazine
“It showed that beneath any color skin, people are simply people. I wanted any white girl in the audience to look at me performing in this film and be able to say to herself, ‘Why, this school teacher could be me.’” - Dorothy Dandridge on her role as Jane Richards in Bright Road (See How They Run)
Original caption: Lovely American actress Dorothy Dandridge is being interviewed here by a journalist in a drawing room of the Orly Airport, after her arrival from the states. Dorothy Dandridge is to play the part of Empress Zaire in Raoul Levy’s new film, Marco Polo.
Cute candid photos of Dorothy.