Actress Dorothy Dandridge relaxing on her living room floor, 1950's. #MyPinisBlack

vintageblackglamour: The one and only Dorothy Jean Dandridge was born on this day 90 years ago in Cleveland, Ohio. She is pictured at home in 1954 in a photo by Allan Grant.

Dorothy Dandridge

Pin for Later: 15 of the Most Iconic Hairstyles Dorothy Dandridge Dorothy Dandridge's soft ringlets provided a prim alternative to big hair like Connie Francis's and Elizabeth Taylor's.

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Rare Photos: Dorothy Dandridge I’ve never seen these pics of Dorothy Dandridge. Lord, do you mind sending me a wife who looks like Dorothy?

Dorothy Dandridge/ No offense to anyone who loves Marilyn Monroe, but she has so much beauty how can you ppl not see that?? I swear black women dont get enough credit!!!

Dorothy Dandridge, -- Dorothy Jean Dandridge was an African-American film and theatre actress, singer and dancer. She is perhaps best known for being the first black actress to be nominated for an Academy Award

"I can't play a slave."  ― Dorothy Dandridge

"I can't play a slave." ― Dorothy Dandridge "Why should you want to play a slave, when you're already a queen?

After finishing the filming of Island in the Sun, it became apparent what Dorothy Dandridge’s cinematic problem would be. A black male stars such as Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier could become big stars without doing romantic roles, but Dorothy Dandridge was too beautiful and too sexy to be cast in anything but romantic leads. While she was a romantic star in European made films, the American public wasn’t ready for a black woman in those type of roles.

After finishing the filming of Island in the Sun, it became apparent what Dorothy Dandridge’s cinematic problem would be.

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