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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

Rated for language and sexual content.

120min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Awards

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
1999 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Klaus Maria Brandauer Nominated
1999 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Halle Berry Won

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