Dorothy Dandridge


Throwback - Celebrities Recreate Iconic Covers for Ebony Magazine’s 65th Anniversary (2010)

To celebrate its 65th anniversary issue and icons of the past and present, EBONY magazine asked their favorite entertainers to pose in modern-day recreations of those covers for a one-of-a-kind look back at the past.

Featuring: Regina King (as Eartha Kitt), Mary J. Blige (as Diana Ross), Nia Long (as Dorothy Dandridge), John Legend (as Duke Ellington), Lamman Rucker (as Richard Roundtree), Taraji P. Henson (as Diahann Carroll), Blair Underwood (as Sidney Poitier), Jurnee Smollett (as Lena Horne), Usher Raymond (as Sammy Davis, Jr.), and Samuel L. Jackson (as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), among others.

Dorothy Dandridge was born 92 years ago today in Cleveland, Ohio. You know I’m having an off (quiet!) Sunday if it takes me this long to put her up - but here she is in one of my favorite photos from my book, Vintage Black Glamour. I saw this picture in the Schomburg library at least ten years ago and KNEW it had to be in my book: Ms. Dandridge taking a dance lesson in the 1950s with Russian-born dance instructor Olga Lunick in Hollywood. Photo: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.

Dorothy Dandridge and co-star Stuart Whitman in the 1958 movie ‘The Decks Ran Red’

Some interesting facts about Dorothy Dandridge: She is one of the key actresses whom began to break the race boundaries in Hollywood. She also caused quite a stir when the gorgeous Marlon Brando kissed her at the 1954 Academy Awards. She was also great friends with James Dean whom she considered as her “play brother” and Marilyn Monroe whom tried to shield her from racism. There were also rumors that she and the actor Peter Lawford were an item but they had to hide their love affair due to the negativity they would have gotten from the public. He was to read a eulogy at her funeral but he was so overcome with sadness and distraught that he did not make it :(. May we all be grateful for the changes in society, even if they are not as much as we may like, it is still considerably better than it was before :)

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