DAILY FUEL: Dorothy Dandridge – Leading Lady

American actress, singer and dancer DOROTHY DANDRIDGE was born in Cleveland on this day in 1922 and toured the southern states as a child on the “Chitlin’ Circuit”, singing and dancing with her sister Vivian as The Wonder Sisters (later the Dandridge Sisters). With the Dandridge Sisters , she had early work in films with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson as well as the Marx Brothers. Dandridge appeared in films and as a nightclub performer through the 40’s, culminating in a live performance featured at both the Mocambo in Hollywood and Café de Paris in London in 1951. Perhaps best known for her Oscar nominated turn in “Carmen Jones”(1954), Dorothy Dandridge became one of Hollywood’s first black “sex symbols” and was the first black woman featured on the cover of Life Magazine (November 1, 1954).

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