Dorothy danced with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in "The Big Broadcast of 1936." The same year she sang at legendary Cotton Club in Harlem, where she first met Harold Nicholas, her future husband. Harold was the younger member of the "Nicholas Brothers". They danced with Gene Kelly in "The Pirate". At 17she was performing in Benny Goodman's musical, "Swinging the Dream".
Dorothy Dandridge had a natural beauty, and an ideal figure to match! Dottie suffered from severe stage fright, but despite this, she played the best hotels in Miami and Las Vegas, although she couldn't stay in them. One, in 1953, drained its swimming pool to keep her out of it. In 1954 Dandridge became the first black woman to appear on the cover of "Life" and received an Academy Award nomination for best actress for her role in "Carmen Jones." But because the industry still could not see her potential as an serious actress (mainly because of her race), roles for her faded quickly, as well as her career. Eventually, she ended up working on cruise ships, series TV, and in the lounges of the hotels she had once headlined. Her second... [continues]
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