49 years ago the world lost a beautiful treasure. Forever the epitome of beauty and grace, Dorothy Jean Dandridge was in a league of her own. With a legacy that continues to live on, it is my sincerest hope that my dearest Dottie is at peace knowing that all the trials and tribulations that she endured have not gone in vain. We owe an immense amount of gratitude to this angel for breaking down countless barriers and opening up so many doors for not only women of color in the entertainment industry, but all women of color period. Thank you, my beautiful Queen.
Dorothy Dandridge disliked doing nightclub acts. She hated wearing revealing clothing, as the eyes of promiscuous men strolled over her body. But Dandridge knew that obtaining a substantial movie role immediately was impossible and she had bills to pay. So to add polish to her skills, Dandridge contacted Phil Moore, an arranger she worked with during her Cotton Club days. With Phil's help, Dandridge was reborn as a sultry, sexy performer that dazzled audiences. They took her act throughout the United States and were mostly well received. However, in places like Las Vegas, the racism was just as bad as in the Deep South. Being black meant that she could not use the same bathroom, hotel lobby, elevator, or swimming pool as white patrons or fellow actors. Dandridge was "forbidden" to speak to the audience. And despite being the headliner at many of the clubs, Dandridge's dressing room was usually a janitor's closet or a dingy storage room. Critics raved about Dorothy Dandridge's nightclub performances. She opened at the famed Mocambo Club in Hollywood, a favorite meeting place for many movie stars. Dandridge was booked for shows in New York and became the first African American to stay in and perform at the elaborate Waldorf Astoria. She moved into the Empire Room of the famed hotel for a seven week engagement. Her club performances gave Dandridge much needed publicity to get film work in Hollywood. The bit parts began to flow in but to get back on the big screen, Dandridge had to compromise her standards, agreeing in 1950 to play a jungle queen in Tarzan's Peril. The tension between making a living and defending her ethnicity would shape the rest of her career.
Dorothy Dandridge disliked doing nightclub acts. She hated wearing revealing clothing, as the eyes of promiscuous men strolled over her body. But Dandridge knew that obtaining a substantial movie role immediately was impossible and she had bills to pay. So to add polish to her skills, Dandridge contacted Phil Moore, an arranger she worked with during her Cotton Club days.
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What made you quit your job and explore Patagonia? Tell us about the places you visited.
I was very tired of working in an office from 8 to 6 plus commute time, Santiago is a very crowded place with many people, I am from the South of Chile and I just wasn’t used to these kind of places, so I eventually grew very tired of it and quit. I wasn’t thinking about going to Patagonia but a friend was traveling it from the south up, and we agreed to meet half way. Many people when they think about Patagonia, think Torres del Paine and perhaps Mount Fitz Roy (El Chalten), but there’s so much more to it than that, Cerro Castillo National Reserve, The Future Patagonia National Park are places where you truly feel Patagonia’s essence, just you and the trail, many freezing river crossings and the mountains.
You’re starting a Tourist Business with a friend. Tell us about how that came about and what you’re hoping to achieve.
Since I was very young I’ve been related to the outdoors, and living off something related to it has been always a compelling idea. I’m thinking about a backpacker and a lodge with guided hikes and Lonquimay Volcano climbs. Hopefully it’ll be a stepping stone for more outdoor related business… dreaming is free right?
Dorothy Dandridge and her Tamango co-star photographed at Maxim’s in Paris (circa April 1957). Many have asked about Mr. Cressan’s filmography. but Tamango was unfortunately his only film. Prior to this role, he was a medical student in Martinique.
Dorothy Dandridge played in a 1950s Slave Revolt Film—Who Knew?!?
The film “Tamango” was set during the early 19th century, and groundbreaking for its time, since it dealt with the slave trade and a Dutch slave trader (with his slave cargo) sailing for Cuba. Dandridge played a slave mistress, who is swayed to support a mutiny on the ship.
Of course a 1950s film featuring an interracial romance and slave revolt that’s directed by a blacklisted “Communist” was bound to never see the light of day. Needless to say Tamango didn’t get much distribution. But this information was an interesting deviation from her seminal role as Carmen Jones.
In 1957, Dorothy Dandridge starred in the film Tamango. However, it was banned in the United States because the interracial love scenes between her and Curt Jürgens violated miscegenation (race mixing) laws
Dorothy Dandridge working with French instructor Michel Thomas at Antibes on the French Riviera in preparation for her role in the movie Tamango (1958). Despite her preparation Dorothy’s voice was later dubbed for the European version.