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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
     

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

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Director: Martha Coolidge, Halle Berry, Brent Spiner, Obba Babatunde

Cast: Martha Coolidge, Halle Berry, Brent Spiner, Obba Babatunde

 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2010
UPC:
0883929139545
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
21,584

Special Features

Closed Caption; Cast and crew bios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Halle Berry Dorothy Dandridge
Brent Spiner Earl Mills
Obba Babatunde Harold Nicholas
Loretta Devine Ruby Dandridge
Cynda Williams Vivian Dandridge
La Tanya Richardson Auntie
Tamara Taylor Geri Nicholas
D.B. Sweeney Jack Dennison
Klaus Maria Brandauer Otto Preminger
William Atherton Darryl F. Zanuck
Sharon Brown Etta Jones
Sarah Scott Davis Actor
Benjamin Brown Sidney Poitier
Mark Bramhall Carmen Jones Production Designer
Billy Mayo Sergeant
Alexis Carrington Actor

Technical Credits
Martha Coolidge Director
Scott Abbott Screenwriter
Larry Albucher Producer
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Halle Berry Executive Producer
Vincent Cirrincione Executive Producer
Moctesuma Esparza Executive Producer
Robbie Greenberg Cinematographer
Alan Heim Editor
Robert Katz Executive Producer
Shelley Komarov Costumes/Costume Designer
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Joshua Maurer Executive Producer
Shonda Rhimes Screenwriter
James Spencer Production Designer
Robin Urdang Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
1. "Introducing" [7:24]
2. The Date [6:31]
3. Mrs Harold Nicholas [8:56]
4. Lynn [5:13]
5. Earl Mills [16:19]
6. A Reading With Preminger [8:29]
7. Otto & Carmen [12:16]
8. A Colored Star [12:53]
9. The Academy Awards [11:16]
10. The Dennison Mistake [6:39]
11. "Don't Let Them Look at Me" [5:53]
12. Back on Track [8:23]
13. "I Got Rhythm"/Credits [5:05]

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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Introducing Dorothy Dandridge' was an outstanding movie to watch that really stands the ground of history my fellow African Americans can relate to. Beautifully shoots well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago