The phenomenally talented and underrated icon started out on the Chitlin’ Circuit and gained fame as a solo artist from her performances in nightclubs like the Cotton Club and Apollo. She is well known for her renditions of songs such as “Blow Out the Candle” and “You Do Something To Me.”
As the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, Dorothy captivated audiences with her beauty and grace. Her most popular role was in Carmen Jones (1954) alongside Harry Belafonte, which earned her a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress.
Dorothy passed away from an alleged overdose at just 42 years of age in 1965, and a film on her life was released in 1999, in which she was wonderfully played by Halle Berry.
Through illustration, paintings, fashion and more, her legacy lives on. Enjoy the artwork below, as well as several clips of Dorothy Dandridge‘s musical and film perfomances.
Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte – ‘Das Love’ by Raglind
Dorothy Dandridge vector illustration by Nicole Alesi
Dorothy Dandridge by New Week New Possibilities (California)
Dorothy Dandridge by Betty Larceny (Memphis, TN)
Dorothy Dandridge – Hollywood High School auditorium mural by Eloy Torrez
Dorothy Dandridge Funnel Neck Jacket by Nelesc
Dorothy Dandridge live drawing by Daseena (Florida)
Dorothy Dandridge illustration by Angelica Whetstone
Dorothy Dandridge “Carmen Jones” Poster by Clifford Faust
Watch: Dorothy Dandgrige in ‘Carmen Jones’ (1954)
Watch: Dorothy Dandridge and Nicholas Brothers Chattanooga Choo Choo
Editor-in-Chief at Sinuous Magazine, designer, and founder of NYC-based boutique design firm theComplex Media & Design. I've been designing for 14 years, writing on the internet for about the same, and I appear on radio and podcasts under the name "Lanaé Mc'Levans." Photographer and overall geek who is passionate about art, music, technology, fashion, and women's issues. A serial day-dreamer. Foul-mouthed. Opinionated.