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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 8, 2000

Budget $8,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for language and sexual content.

Running Time
2 hours, 0 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
City Entertainment, Esparza/Katz Productions, Home Box Office (HBO)

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• Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)

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Genre: Drama, Biography, Drugs, Tragedy, True Story

Tagline: She was everything America wanted a movie star to be... except white.

Plot: The troubled life of Dorothy Dandridge, the first African-American woman to garner an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress (for CARMEN JONES) is dramatized in this fine made-for-HBO film from director Coolidge (RAMBLING ROSE). Gorgeous Berry shines as Dandridge in a role she seems born to play. Dandridge's close relationship with her manager (Spiner) is examined, as is her affair with director Otto Preminger, along with her first marriage to dancer Harold Nicholas, with whom she gave birth to a mentally disabled daughter. Aside from her personal struggles, the film also demonstrates the rampant racism of 1950's Hollywood which she had to endure throughout her short career.

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 Music By
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