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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
- Director: Martha Coolidge
- Release Date: 21 August 1999 (USA)
- Run Time: 120 min | Germany:111 min
- Country: USA
- Genre: Biography , Drama , Music , Romance
- MPAA: Rated R for language and sexual content.
Watch movie: Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) (TV)
Tagline: Right woman. Right place. Wrong time.
Trivia: Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award (Carmen Jones (1954)). Halle Berry is the first African-American to win a Best Actress Academy Award (Monster's Ball (2001)).
"This biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through early days on the club circuit with her sister to her turn in movies, including becoming the first black actress to win a Best Actress Nomination in 1954 for "Carmen Jones", to her final demise to prescription drugs, which was debated whether it was suicide or accidental. Brent Spiner plays her faithful manager who stood beside her through all of the roller coaster of her career. The movie also examines her love affair with director Otto Preminger, which is shown to have probably initially helped her career, but later probably led her to some wrong decisions. The movie also examines 50's racism as the black star is not permitted to use white bathrooms or the Vegas pool. In the first situation, she was given a bathroom cup to pee in. In the second situation, the hotel drained the pool and scrubbed it after she dared put her foot in the water"