Dorothy Dandridge with her ex-husband Harold Nicholas at an airport in Copenhagen. Her film Carmen Jones was then playing, and Fox hoped that while there she would meet with the Danish press and do some promotional work for it. Harold was also appearing in the city and was contacted by the publicity people at Fox. Harold said, “The press knew she was coming in. The reporters called me and asked if I would go to the airport because they wanted to take some pictures.” He agreed, as the publicity could be good for both. Dorothy received a stars welcome upon her arrival, as she descended down the stairs of the plane she was greeted by photographers and reporters. “She looked more glamourous. She had a glamorous thing going then. Before she was just a young girl. Now she was a glamorous woman. I was just so happy because the whole world then was talking about her, so to speak. But at this time, it was a little different from the past. I could see that she was on the star side. She was posing and turning her head up and this way and that. I didn’t blame her ‘cause that was it. She had to play the role,” said Nicholas. Dorothy hadn’t seen Harold in several years and seeing him now, she knew this could be a vindication of sorts; a true validation that all those years ago she really had had talent. Yet she was genuinely eager to see him. The two chatted as the photographers snapped their pictures. “It was just about an hour or so,” said Nicholas. After their meeting he watched Dorothy as she boarded a plane back to the States.


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In the 1941 movie, Sun Valley Serenade, Dorothy Dandridge performed with the Nicholas Brothers in a musical sequence for the song “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” The song became a national hit for the Miller Orchestra, which Dorothy, Harold, and Fayard undoubtably contributed to. John Rosenfield of the Dallas Morning News’ wrote, “The dusky Nicholas Brothers and Dorothy Dandridge, make a killing with a Harlemesque dance and song number.”

Dorothy Dandridge with her first husband Harold Nicholas.

“I wasn’t ready for marriage. But this was a pretty girl. Beautiful. I think it was an ego trip for me. At the beginning, everyone wanting this pretty woman. But she wanted me. And I felt differently about her than all those other girls that I used to go out with.”-Harold Nicholas