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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Dorothy Dandridge: A Portrait In Black (Part 1)

Earl Mills was Dorothy Dandridge's manager and friend during her successful professional life.  He celebrated victories with her and suffered with her when things were tough.  Their relationship often bordered on the romantic according to Earl.  Geri Branton, Dorothy's best friend disagrees with that.





Earl wrote this biography as a labor of love.  Earl's love shines through for Dorothy in this biography.




Birth Name: Dorothy Jean Dandridge
DOB: November 9, 1922
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio



"In the black ghetto there is a saying that black is disliked by two races; the white and the black." - Earl Mills.   So true, especially today. 





Dorothy was born with what turned out to be two curses - she was light and she was beautiful. Those two curses gave her both triumph and tragedy.  





Earl Mills with Geri Branton


In this book Earl describes himself as Dorothy's manager, close friend and lover for many years.  With the latter, Dorothy's best friend Geri Branton, will always reject that notion.  





Judy Garland as Vicki Lester / Esther Blodgett, in 1954's 'A Star is Born'



Dorothy wanted to win the Oscar for "Carmen Jones", but if she didn't she was really pulling for her friend Judy Garland in 'A Star is Born'.



Dorothy was the first Negro ever to appear at the plush Empire room of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. 




Dottie Mae was also living in a Waldorf Towers suite while performing at the Empire Room.





Dorothy loved munching on a plate of chitterlings.



Published by Holloway House Publishing Company
First Printing 1970


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Portrait in Black

Dorothy Dandridge: A Portrait In Black (Part 1)

Earl Mills was Dorothy Dandridge's manager and friend during her successful professional life.  He celebrated victories with her and suffered with her when things were tough.  Their relationship often bordered on the romantic according to Earl.  Geri Branton, Dorothy's best friend disagrees with that.





Earl wrote this biography as a labor of love.  Earl's love shines through for Dorothy in this biography.




Birth Name: Dorothy Jean Dandridge
DOB: November 9, 1922
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio



"In the black ghetto there is a saying that black is disliked by two races; the white and the black." - Earl Mills.   So true, especially today. 





Dorothy was born with what turned out to be two curses - she was light and she was beautiful. Those two curses gave her both triumph and tragedy.  





Earl Mills with Geri Branton


In this book Earl describes himself as Dorothy's manager, close friend and lover for many years.  With the latter, Dorothy's best friend Geri Branton, will always reject that notion.  





Judy Garland as Vicki Lester / Esther Blodgett, in 1954's 'A Star is Born'



Dorothy wanted to win the Oscar for "Carmen Jones", but if she didn't she was really pulling for her friend Judy Garland in 'A Star is Born'.



Dorothy was the first Negro ever to appear at the plush Empire room of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. 




Dottie Mae was also living in a Waldorf Towers suite while performing at the Empire Room.





Dorothy loved munching on a plate of chitterlings.



Published by Holloway House Publishing Company
First Printing 1970


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