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Dorothy Dandridge 100th Birthday Celebration – Film History Livestream
November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
Dorothy Dandridge 100th Birthday Celebration – Film & Music History Livestream (with Halle Berry)! : )
We invite you to join our 100th birthday celebration for legendary singer and actress Dorothy Dandridge (born November 9, 1922).
Our film and music history livestream program will have two parts.
Part 1 – 7:00 pm est: Dorothy Dandridge Biography (1 hour)
An overview of the life and career of Dorothy Dandridge, including clips from some of her more noteworthy singing and acting performance (clips of Dorothy herself, not Halle Berry). We’ll also briefly discuss the “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” film starring Halle Berry, including a brief overview of the film including its historical context, plot summary, things to look for, accuracy, etc. There will be a short 10-15 minute intermission between Part 1 and Part 2.
Part 2 – 8:00 pm est: “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” Film Screening (2 hours)
A full screening of the “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” film starring Halle Berry.
During both sections of our program you are welcome to join your fellow participants in a live online discussion of Dorothy Dandridge and the film via Zoom.
Dorothy Jean Dandridge (November 9, 1922 – September 8, 1965) was an American actress, singer and dancer. She is the first African-American film star to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, which was for her performance in Carmen Jones (1954). Dandridge performed as a vocalist in venues such as the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater. During her early career, she performed as a part of The Wonder Children, later The Dandridge Sisters, and appeared in a succession of films, usually in uncredited roles.
In 1959, Dandridge was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Porgy and Bess. She is the subject of the 1999 HBO biographical film, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. She has been recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Dandridge was married and divorced twice, first to dancer Harold Nicholas (the father of her daughter, Harolyn Suzanne) and then to hotel owner Jack Denison. Dandridge died prematurely at the of age 42.
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge is a 1999 American biographical drama television film directed by Martha Coolidge from a screenplay by Shonda Rhimes and Scott Abbott, based on the biography Dorothy Dandridge by Earl Mills. Filmed over a span of a few weeks in early 1998, the film stars Halle Berry as actress and singer Dorothy Dandridge and premiered on HBO on August 21, 1999. The teleplay is drawn exclusively from the biography of Dorothy Dandridge by Earl Mills. The original music score was composed by Elmer Bernstein, who had known Dandridge and Otto Preminger.
Your host for this program is Robert Kelleman, the founder/director of the non-profit community organizations Washington, DC History & Culture and Dallas-Texas History & Culture.
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