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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)

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TV Movie | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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...See moreThis 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 film 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 film 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. Written by John Sacksteder See less
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Writers
Earl Mills (book "Dorothy Dandridge") | Shonda Rhimes (teleplay) | Scott Abbott (teleplay)
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James H. Spencer (as James Spencer)
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$9,200,000
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Release date
Aug 21, 1999 (United States)

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59 cast members
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Halle Berry
Dorothy Dandridge Dorothy Dandridge   See fewer
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Brent Spiner
Earl Mills Earl Mills   See fewer
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Klaus Maria Brandauer
Otto Preminger Otto Preminger   See fewer
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Obba Babatundé
Harold Nicholas (as Obba Babatunde) Harold Nicholas (as Obba Babatunde)   See fewer
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Loretta Devine
Ruby Dandridge Ruby Dandridge   See fewer
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Cynda Williams
Vivian Dandridge Vivian Dandridge   See fewer
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LaTanya Richardson Jackson
Auntie (as LaTanya Richardson) Auntie (as LaTanya Richardson)   See fewer
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Tamara Taylor
Geri Nicholas Geri Nicholas   See fewer
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William Atherton
Darryl Zanuck Darryl Zanuck   See fewer
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D.B. Sweeney
Jack Denison Jack Denison   See fewer
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Don Gettinger
Hotel Clerk Hotel Clerk   See fewer
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Nicholas Hormann
Oscar Emcee Oscar Emcee   See fewer
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Sharon Brown
Etta Jones Etta Jones   See fewer
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Darrian C. Ford
Fayard Nicholas Fayard Nicholas   See fewer
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M.J. Sawyer
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Joanne Baron
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Alexis Carrington
Lynn at Age 4 Lynn at Age 4   See fewer
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Margaret Easley
Ring-a-ding Girl Ring-a-ding Girl   See fewer
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Clinton Derricks-Carroll
Phil Moore Phil Moore   See fewer
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Kerri Randles
Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe   See fewer
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Jon Mack
Ava Gardner Ava Gardner   See fewer
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Ken Michelman
Byron Haskin ('Tarzan's Peril' director) Byron Haskin ('Tarzan's Peril' director)   See fewer
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Chaz Monet
Lynn at age 8 Lynn at age 8   See fewer
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Tom Virtue
Miami Comic Miami Comic   See fewer
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Larry Poindexter
Joey Young Joey Young   See fewer
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Irene Roseen
Otto's Secretary Otto's Secretary   See fewer
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Mark Bramhall
Edward Ilou ("Carmen Jones" Assistant Director) Edward Ilou ("Carmen Jones" Assistant Director)   See fewer
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André Carthen
Harry Belafonte (as Andre Carthen) Harry Belafonte (as Andre Carthen)   See fewer
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Clapper Boy Clapper Boy   See fewer
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Guy Torry
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Robin Michelle McClamb
First Actress (as Robin Vaughn) First Actress (as Robin Vaughn)   See fewer
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Dwain A. Perry
Private (as Dwain Perry) Private (as Dwain Perry)   See fewer
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Billy Mayo
Sergeant Sergeant   See fewer
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Renton Kirk
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Sarah Scott Davis
Second Actress Second Actress   See fewer
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Raphael Sbarge
Vegas Hotel Manager Vegas Hotel Manager   See fewer
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Robert Phelps
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Darrel W. Wright
Mocambo Dancer (as Darrel Wright) Mocambo Dancer (as Darrel Wright)   See fewer
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Anthony Demarco
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Stephen Smith
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Benjamin Brown
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Brian Hatton
Oliver Smith ("Porgy and Bess Assistant Director) Oliver Smith ("Porgy and Bess Assistant Director)   See fewer
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James Krag
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Lee Allan
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Judge (as Clement Franckenstein) Judge (as Clement Franckenstein)   See fewer
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Aiysha Sinclair
Lynn at 18 Lynn at 18   See fewer
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Brad Blumenthal
Mocambo Emcee (as Brad Parker) Mocambo Emcee (as Brad Parker)   See fewer
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Jon Lindstrom
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Detective Detective   See fewer
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Michael Laskin
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Tony Tanelli Oliver
Lightweight Boxer Lightweight Boxer   See fewer
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Jeffrey J. Ayers
Audience when Dorothy Dandridge sings. (uncredited) Audience when Dorothy Dandridge sings. (uncredited)   See fewer
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MarLee Candell
Fan at Academy Awards (uncredited) Fan at Academy Awards (uncredited)   See fewer
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Soldier (uncredited) Soldier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Photographer (uncredited) Photographer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lex Barker (Tarzan) (uncredited) Lex Barker (Tarzan) (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.1 / 10 | 3,013 votes