DOROTHY DANDRIDGE ~ Born: Nov 9, 1922, USA. Died: Sept 8, 1965 (aged 42) from an accidental barbiturate overdose. Her first film was in the Marx Brothers comedy, "A Day at the Races" (1937). Best known for, "Carmen Jones" (1954), "Island in the Sun" (1957), "Tamango" (1958), "Porgy and Bess" (1959) Dandridge was the first African-American actress to be Oscar-nominated for Best Actress in a leading role. Her last ever picture was "The Murder Men" (1961).
Dorothy Dandridge from Cleveland, Ohio. Sang at Harlem's Cotton Club and Apollo Theatre and became the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for best actress. Many years passed before the mainstream entertainment industry acknowledged Dandridge's legacy and later portrayed in 1999 by Halle Berry in 'Introducing Dorothy Dandridge'.