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Dorothy Dandridge: An American Beauty (2003)

A biography of pioneering black American singer/actress Dorothy Dandridge, featuring clips from her films and interviews with friends and co-workers.


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Credited cast:
Dorothy Dandridge ... (archive footage)
Obba Babatundé ... Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Adams Joe Adams ... Himself
Desi Arnaz ... Himself (archive footage)
Pearl Bailey ... Frankie (clip from Carmen Jones (1954)) (archive footage)
Lex Barker ... Tarzan (clip from Tarzan's Peril (1951)) (archive footage)
Angela Bassett ... Herself (archive footage)
Harry Belafonte ... Mr. Williams (clip from Bright Road (1953)) (archive footage)
Halle Berry ... Herself (archive footage)
Hoagy Carmichael ... Himself (clip from Lazybones (1941)) (archive footage)
Diahann Carroll ... Herself (archive footage)
Ruby Dandridge ... Herself, Dorothy Dandridge's mother (archive footage)
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Sportin' Life (clip from Porgy and Bess (1959)) (archive footage)
Carmen De Lavallade ... Herself
Laurence Fishburne ... Himself


A biography of pioneering black American singer/actress Dorothy Dandridge, featuring clips from her films and interviews with friends and co-workers.

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24 June 2003 (USA) See more »

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American Beauty
2 September 2007 | by MulattaAries2007See all my reviews

I think those tributes to Dorothy Dandridge throughout the documentary were wonderful. Just because they weren't done to suit others' particular needs doesn't mean it wasn't well or anyone couldn't enjoy it. I'll even go as far as to say it's about time Hollywood acknowledge and pay tribute to a black star anyway. It may have not been my way of doing it, but I can't get mad because something was made about her, and mad because it wasn't the way I wanted it. Also for those who didn't know her, it gave them an insight to who she was, what she did, and the prices she paid for stardom.

If someone else can do it better than this and the other played on A&E years ago, be my guest to go on a head and do it, but to criticize someone else's hard work because it wasn't up to your expectations or what you know, then do it yourself. Yet, you cannot please everybody.

P.S. As for Halle Berry playing Dorothy Dandridge in the TV made movie, who else would have gone to such lengths to bring Dorothy's life to the big screen? Many directors weren't even the least bit interested in doing a movie based on the life of a black actress, so it good to say that someone wanted to do it. I was satisfied seeing some black actress wanting to pay a tribute to another who paved the way for actors/actress now.

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