"Dorothy Dandridge: Little Girl Lost" is an excellent episode of "Biography"
Just watched this "Biography" episode on the DVD of the movie Island in the Sun. It showcases Ms. Dandridge's rise and fall in the movies from her '30s and '40s musical performances in various feature films and performance shorts called "Soundies" to her Oscar-nominated role in Carmen Jones to more limited roles later on. We also are treated to her tumultuous life off-screen with wayward husband Harold Nicholas, second husband Jack Denison who abused her, and her forbidden affair with Jones director Otto Preminger. Of course, there are wonderful clips of her highlights from Sun Valley Serenade with Harold and his brother Fayard and the "Dat's Love" number from Carmen Jones. And good interviews with Harold and Fayard, good friend Geraldine Branton, director Gerald Mayer who was the first to team Dorothy with Harry Belafonte on Bright Road, Donald Bogle who wrote an excellent book on Ms. Dandridge, and actresses Diahann Caroll-Dorothy's CJ co-star-and Halle Berry-who would win an Emmy playing her on HBO a couple of years after this. So on that note, "Dorothy Dandridge: Little Girl Lost" is well worth seeing.
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