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Dorothy Dandridge: Little Girl Lost


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Dorothy Dandridge: Little Girl Lost - Biopic Video - Superstar Ahead of Her Time -
or WATCH the full video of 'Introducing Dorothy Dandridge' w/ Halle Berry.

Perhaps the most outstanding thing about actress Dorothy Jean Dandridge is she was the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Dorothy went on to become what most will consider to be a huge success, especially considering how she broke through racial barriers of the times. As one fan put it, the screen fairly smolders when Dorothy is there.

Dorothy was apparently much more successful than she may have been given credit for since it
appears she may have been despicably taken advantage of, financially, in a similar situation that the great actress and singer, Doris Day, found herself in. Doris Day was reportedly missing millions of dollars in a discovery after her husband died in 1968, finally sued and won at least some of the money back from her late husband's business partner - over $20 Million.

Dorothy discovered, about the time of her divorce, she was missing some $150,000 and was $139,000 in debt for back taxes. (2) When one considers she was found dead just before doing what the late actress Frances Farmer had trouble with - heading back to New York from Hollywood - it seems almost too coincidental that she had only a reported $2.14 in the bank and died under the same similar circumstances as actress Carole Landis, HER FRIEND.


Dorothy and Carole Landis both died on a bathroom floor, were both expecting sums of money, or performing positions. Carole had accepted a role in an upcoming film and Dorothy, just before her death, had reportedly been assisted by Earl Mills in arranging comeback engagements, also. were both given pill prescriptions by doctors,

both had been ill,
both divorced,
both deaths considered as possible suicides,
both had reportedly been romantically involved with movie executives. (Preminger, Zanuck)
They both had a future.

Dorothy, however, is said to have suffered a rare embolism from blockage(s) of blood passages at the lungs and brain by tiny particulates of fat flaking from bone in her recently fractured foot. L.A. Coroner's Office. Odd stroke of bad 'luck'.


Like the tragic circumstances which suddenly befell the famous Frances Farmer upon getting traffic stopped coming or going from a Hollywood party, it seems that after Dorothy's divorce a tide of financial and business negativity popped up. Had she not have had to move into the small apartment at 8495 Fountain Avenue in West Hollywood and had she not been alone she might have had the encouragement and funds to see a physician about her foot. But that's what can happen to people who run temporarily low on funds sometimes. The $150,000 missing, compounded by the $139,000 tax debt in days when that was big change must have been so depressing.

Who knows how much more Dorothy Dandridge could have accomplished without such a bad run of 'luck'.

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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge:
Halle BerryIntroducing Dorothy Dandridge is a television film directed by Martha Coolidge. Filmed over a span of a few weeks in early 1998, the film was aired in the United States on August 21, 1999.The teleplay is drawn exclusively from the biography of Dorothy Dandridge by Earl Mills. The original music score was composed by Elmer Bernstein, who had known Dandridge and Otto Preminger. The film is marketed with the tagline: "Right woman. Right place. Wrong time."

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