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Caption from poster:” She was everthing America wanted a movie star to be…. except white.”
Dorothy Jean Dandridge (November 9, 1922–September 8, 1965) was an American actress. She was the first African American to be nominated for the Academy Award in the Best Actress category and the third African American to receive a nomination in any category overall (after Hattie McDaniel and Ethel Waters).
Dorothy Dandridge began singing in her church’s choir. Ruby Dandridge — an ambitious, small-time local performer who would become a successful stage and screen actress — created an act with her daughters that performed as “The Wonder Children.” The “Wonder Children” toured in the South for five years with Ruby’s lesbian partner, Geneva Williams, while Ruby continued working and performing in Ohio. Some biographies document this period as the beginning of the sexual abuse the young Dorothy would suffer from Williams until adolescence. During this period, the young Dandrige toured non-stop, rarely attending school. “More in Bio”
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