Introducing Dorothy Dandridge is the 1999 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 death from prescription drugs, which remains debated whether it was suicide or accidental. In 2000 production won five Emmy Awards including Outstanding Art Direction, Cinematography, Costumes, Hairstyling and Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie—Halle Berry.
After her turbulent married to Harold Nicholas, Dandridge resumes her singing career at the segregated Ciro’s in Miami Beach.
Dandridge is perhaps best known for being the first black actress nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1954 film Carmen Jones.
Carmen Jones Audition