Dorothy Dandridge Filmography
American actress and singer Dorothy Dandridge is the first African – American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the movie ‘Carmen Jones’ (1954). Her highest rated performance is in the musical documentary ‘Sing Your Song’ (2012). Her other hit movies include ‘Since You Went Away’ (1944) and ‘Porgy and Bess’ (1959).
Dandridge had a difficult beginning to her career as African – Americans had very limited roles in her early years. Her debut role on the big screen in the movie ‘Four Shall Die’ (1940) did not bring out her potential as an actress. She was initially cast in stereotyped roles in movies like ‘Lady from Louisiana’ (1941) and ‘Sundown’ (1941). She got her first break when she performed in the musical ‘Sun Valley Serenade’ with the Nicholas Brothers in 1941. She appeared in her first starring role as Jane Richards in the low budget film ‘Bright Road’ (1953) that brought out the best of her acting skills as a teacher reaching out to her students.