Dorothy Dandridge

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Exhibition Label
A talented singer and actress with beauty to match, Dorothy Dandridge possessed all the attributes of a star. Teamed with her sister, she made her stage debut as a child and later performed with the popular singing trio known as the Dandridge Sisters. In the 1940s she launched her solo career as a nightclub entertainer and began pursuing work in motion pictures. After appearances in several minor films, Dandridge scored a triumph when she was cast as the title character in Carmen Jones (1954). Critically acclaimed for her performance, Dandridge became the first black performer in history to be nominated for an Academy Award in a leading role. Despite this stellar beginning, Dandridge spent the remainder of her career trying to overcome the entrenched racial bias that doomed her to secondary roles rather than showcasing her ability as a dramatic actress.
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Philippe Halsman Archive
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
1953
Object number
NPG.98.41
Artist
Philippe Halsman, 1906 - 1979
Sitter
Dorothy Dandridge, 9 Nov 1922 - 8 Sept 1965
Topic
Costume\Jewelry\Earring
Interior
Costume\Outerwear\Shawl
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace\Choker
Dorothy Dandridge: Female
Dorothy Dandridge: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
Dorothy Dandridge: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Portrait
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 35.1 x 27.5 cm (13 13/16 x 10 13/16")
Sheet: 35.4 x 27.9 cm (13 15/16 x 11")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
National Portrait Gallery
Type
Photograph