Does the names Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, or Diana Ross come to mind when you think of fashion from the past?
Lately, I’ve been a fan of the off-shoulder tops and no one mastered that style like the one and only: Dorothy Dandridge. Not many people can withstand the test of time when it comes to style, however she has done just that. Always one to keep it fun, fly, and fabulous as she sprinkled a bit of glam on and off camera.
This is a new series of flash back fashion showcasing fashion and style with some of our most iconic trendsetters. These women embodied classiness, grace, and effortless beauty. I was inspired to bring this feature on the blog as a refresher in a world of see-through dresses, side boob shirts, and crop tops.
Many of today’s “it” girls, celebrities, and fashion icons draw inspiration from past styles and trends set in 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and even the early 90s.
What can I say? I’m inspired. Hopefully by the end of this post, you will be too!
Here are 5 little known facts about Dorothy Dandridge:
- An American film and theatre actress, singer, and dancer. She is perhaps best known for being the first African-American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1954 film Carmen Jones
- Dorothy Jean Dandridge was born on November 9, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ruby Dandridge (née Ruby Jean Butler), an entertainer, and Cyril H. Dandridge, a cabinet maker and minister.
- Her first film was in the Marx Brothers comedy, A Day at the Races (1937). It was only a bit part but Dorothy had hopes that it would blossom into something better. But because she was a black woman in a very prejudiced society, she didn’t land the roles that were readily available to her white counterparts.
- In 1954, Dorothy appeared in the all-black production of Carmen Jones (1954) in the title role. She was so superb in that picture that she garnered an Academy Award nomination but lost out to Grace Kelly in The Country Girl (1954).
- She was found dead in her West Hollywood apartment on September 8, 1965, the victim of a barbiturate poisoning. She was only 42.
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