“She [Dorothy Dandridge] was a pioneer, and a hero to the black community. She helped open doors and pave the way for all of us, not just in the film industry but in society. I wanted her to be remembered for how she lived and the contribution that she made. She was a pioneer, and a hero to the black community.” - Halle Berry
Halle Berry channeling Dorothy Dandridge as the sultry Carmen Jones. “I heard about Dorothy when I was nineteen years old. I heard about Carmen Jones and I wanted to know who this woman was and how could she be so beautiful and be so talented and I didn’t know who she was.”-Halle Berry In 2000 Halle earned a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her wonderful portrayal of Dorothy, in the television biopic “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.” The movie’s tag line was “Right Woman. Right Place. Wrong Time.” If you haven’t seen it, it’s available on YouTube! Enjoy ❤️🌹❤️🌹
This biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through early days on the club circuit with her sister to her turn in movies, including becoming the first black actress to win a Best Actress Nomination in 1954 for “Carmen Jones”, to her final demise to prescription drugs, which was debated whether it was suicide or accidental. Brent Spiner plays her faithful manager who stood beside her through all of the roller coaster of her career. The film also examines her love affair with director Otto Preminger, which is shown to have probably initially helped her career, but later probably led her to some wrong decisions. The film also examines 50’s racism as the black star is not permitted to use white bathrooms or the Vegas pool. In the first situation, she was given a bathroom cup to pee in. In the second situation, the hotel drained the pool and scrubbed it after she dared put her foot in the water.
“If you’re black, there’s a lot to identify with— from pain to pride. But even if you are not black and can’t relate personally to the black issues, there is the woman issue. And if you’re not a woman, there is the human issue, there are those men, those relationships I feel anyone can identify with the story. It has something to give everyone…and that’s what we wanted.” - Halle Berry on Dorothy Dandridge’s life story
Dorothy Berry “Ain’t That Love” (Planetary 101, 1964)
One of the hard luck consistent Phil Spector-a-like Ladies was Dorothy Berry. Although most of her early 60’s output was at the hands of David Gates, none of her brace of singles blasted onto the charts like his other 4th Wall of Sound productions.
This first single on Planetary, sadly, didn’t shake up the trend too much, and by 1965 Dorothy hung up her Darlene Love Doppelganging ways…
Dorothy Berry “Crying On My Pillow” (Challenge 59221, 1963)
David Gates produced a number of random songs for Girl Groups and Pop/Soul Singers in the early 1960s, among them “Popsicles and Icicles” for The Murmaids and “(My One and Only) Jimmy Boy” for The Girlfriends.
Among his other girl group confections is this song by Dorothy Berry.