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October 22, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
A Hollywood Hills home once owned by actress Dorothy Dandridge is on the market at $3,495,000. The restored 1926 Mediterranean has three bedrooms and five bathrooms in 4,368 square feet. Three terraces with city views provide space for entertaining. There are arched doorways and windows, beamed ceilings and stained-glass windows. The master bedroom suite features a circular bathroom. Dandridge, whose early work included an uncredited role in the 1937 Marx Brother's film "A Day at the Races," was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the title role of "Carmen Jones" (1954)
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May 5, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Groundbreaking actress-singer Diahann Carroll ("Julia," "Claudine") was an 18-year-old New York model when her singing career took off. Her break came when she won a talent show called, appropriately enough, "Chance of a Lifetime" in January 1954 on the old DuMont Network. Besides the cash prize, she was booked at the famed Latin Quarter nightclub. By year's end she had made her film debut in Otto Preminger's "Carmen Jones" with Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte and her Broadway bow in the Truman Capote-Harold Arlen musical "House of Flowers" with the legendary Pearl Bailey.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 1986 | Bill Steigerwald
Can Vanessa Williams fill the high heels of Dorothy Dandridge? Yes, according to the co-producers of "Dottie," a movie musical "inspired" by the life of Dandridge, the glamorous Oscar-nominated black singer-dancer-actress of the '40s and '50s who died of a drug overdose in 1965 at age 42. Kathryn Yarnell and Faye Schwab (exec producer on Jane Fonda's now-filming "The Morning After") have offered the part to the 23-year-old dethroned Miss America, and hope to film this fall.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
SANTA BARBARA - On Oct. 11, 1954, a 20-year-old soprano, a recent graduate of USC, performed in the premiere of a new version of Igor Stravinsky's "Four Russian Peasant Songs" at the new and unusual music series Monday Evening Concerts, then held in an auditorium in West Hollywood Park. An all-American, a tomboy with the nickname Jackie, she would be singing Russian for the first time in her life, and the 74-year-old Russian composer, who had relocated to West Hollywood, coached her in the language at his home above Sunset Boulevard.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 1999 | MIMI AVINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All cliches are true, including the chestnut that truth is stranger than fiction. No screenwriter would dare invent the drama Dorothy Dandridge lived, so Dickensian are its details. A forgotten Hollywood star of the '50s, her tale begins with a little girl being raised by her mother's lesbian lover, who physically and sexually abuses her. She grows to be a charismatic beauty, finds work as a singer and actress, then marries a womanizing dancer.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 1999 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two biopics, a western starring Sam Elliott and a drama starring Oscar winner Sally Field are among the new TV movies scheduled for this weekend. The Disney Channel's latest film, "Genius," Saturday at 7 and 8:30 p.m., deals with a 14-year-old college student who decides to enroll in high school at the same time. Halle Berry tackles the role of the famed African American singer, dancer and actress in HBO's new biopic "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," Saturday at 9 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Groundbreaking actress-singer Diahann Carroll ("Julia," "Claudine") was an 18-year-old New York model when her singing career took off. Her break came when she won a talent show called, appropriately enough, "Chance of a Lifetime" in January 1954 on the old DuMont Network. Besides the cash prize, she was booked at the famed Latin Quarter nightclub. By year's end she had made her film debut in Otto Preminger's "Carmen Jones" with Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte and her Broadway bow in the Truman Capote-Harold Arlen musical "House of Flowers" with the legendary Pearl Bailey.
HOME & GARDEN
October 31, 2009 | LAUREN BEALE
Singer Melanie Brown, also known as Scary Spice from her days with the Spice Girls, has purchased a gated home in the San Fernando Valley area for about $3.15 million. The country French-style house has five bedrooms and eight bathrooms in more than 8,000 square feet of living space. Wrought-iron doors open to an entry foyer with limestone floors. The chateau, its 1,352-square-foot detached media house and a swimming pool sit on more than half an acre. Designed by Xorin Balbes and built in 2006, the house has a fireplace in the family room, living room and master bedroom, plus three dishwashers and a yoga studio.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
SANTA BARBARA - On Oct. 11, 1954, a 20-year-old soprano, a recent graduate of USC, performed in the premiere of a new version of Igor Stravinsky's "Four Russian Peasant Songs" at the new and unusual music series Monday Evening Concerts, then held in an auditorium in West Hollywood Park. An all-American, a tomboy with the nickname Jackie, she would be singing Russian for the first time in her life, and the 74-year-old Russian composer, who had relocated to West Hollywood, coached her in the language at his home above Sunset Boulevard.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
A Hollywood Hills home once owned by actress Dorothy Dandridge has sold for $2,394,000. The restored 1920s Mediterranean house includes three bedrooms, five bathrooms and 4,368 square feet of living space. There are arched doorways and windows, beamed ceilings and stained-glass windows. The master bedroom suite features a sitting area and dual bathrooms, one of which is circular. Three terraces with city views provide space for entertaining. Dandridge, who died in 1965 at 42, was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the title role of "Carmen Jones" (1954)
BUSINESS
October 3, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
A Hollywood Hills home once owned by actress Dorothy Dandridge has sold for $2,394,000. The restored 1920s Mediterranean house includes three bedrooms, five bathrooms and 4,368 square feet of living space. There are arched doorways and windows, beamed ceilings and stained-glass windows. The master bedroom suite features a sitting area and dual bathrooms, one of which is circular. Three terraces with city views provide space for entertaining. Dandridge, who died in 1965 at 42, was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the title role of "Carmen Jones" (1954)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Ethel Waters The famed blues, jazz and gospel vocalist (1896-1977) made her movie debut in the 1929 musical "On With the Show!" She became the second African American to earn an Oscar nomination, for her supporting role in the 1949 drama "Pinky. " Hattie McDaniel The first African American (1895-1952) to win an Academy Award, for her supporting role as Mammy in 1939's "Gone with the Wind. " When the NAACP complained in the 1940s about her playing servant roles, she said, "I'd rather play a maid and make $700 a week then be one for $7. " Dorothy Dandridge The beautiful singer and actress (1922-65)
HOME & GARDEN
October 31, 2009 | LAUREN BEALE
Singer Melanie Brown, also known as Scary Spice from her days with the Spice Girls, has purchased a gated home in the San Fernando Valley area for about $3.15 million. The country French-style house has five bedrooms and eight bathrooms in more than 8,000 square feet of living space. Wrought-iron doors open to an entry foyer with limestone floors. The chateau, its 1,352-square-foot detached media house and a swimming pool sit on more than half an acre. Designed by Xorin Balbes and built in 2006, the house has a fireplace in the family room, living room and master bedroom, plus three dishwashers and a yoga studio.
HOME & GARDEN
October 22, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
A Hollywood Hills home once owned by actress Dorothy Dandridge is on the market at $3,495,000. The restored 1926 Mediterranean has three bedrooms and five bathrooms in 4,368 square feet. Three terraces with city views provide space for entertaining. There are arched doorways and windows, beamed ceilings and stained-glass windows. The master bedroom suite features a circular bathroom. Dandridge, whose early work included an uncredited role in the 1937 Marx Brother's film "A Day at the Races," was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the title role of "Carmen Jones" (1954)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 1999 | MIMI AVINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All cliches are true, including the chestnut that truth is stranger than fiction. No screenwriter would dare invent the drama Dorothy Dandridge lived, so Dickensian are its details. A forgotten Hollywood star of the '50s, her tale begins with a little girl being raised by her mother's lesbian lover, who physically and sexually abuses her. She grows to be a charismatic beauty, finds work as a singer and actress, then marries a womanizing dancer.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 1999 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two biopics, a western starring Sam Elliott and a drama starring Oscar winner Sally Field are among the new TV movies scheduled for this weekend. The Disney Channel's latest film, "Genius," Saturday at 7 and 8:30 p.m., deals with a 14-year-old college student who decides to enroll in high school at the same time. Halle Berry tackles the role of the famed African American singer, dancer and actress in HBO's new biopic "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," Saturday at 9 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Ethel Waters The famed blues, jazz and gospel vocalist (1896-1977) made her movie debut in the 1929 musical "On With the Show!" She became the second African American to earn an Oscar nomination, for her supporting role in the 1949 drama "Pinky. " Hattie McDaniel The first African American (1895-1952) to win an Academy Award, for her supporting role as Mammy in 1939's "Gone with the Wind. " When the NAACP complained in the 1940s about her playing servant roles, she said, "I'd rather play a maid and make $700 a week then be one for $7. " Dorothy Dandridge The beautiful singer and actress (1922-65)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 1996
"The Black Experience in Cinema," a monthlong airing of 22 films on cable's Turner Classic Movies, kicks off Tuesday with a salute to MGM legend Lena Horne. The evening features six of her movies, including "Panama Hattie" (1942) and "Cabin in the Sky" (1943). The Tuesday night showcases, in celebration of Black History Month, continue Feb. 13 with a look at African American film stars: Paul Robeson, Dorothy Dandridge and Sammy Davis Jr.; Feb. 20 will feature films starring Sidney Poitier; Feb.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 1986 | Bill Steigerwald
Can Vanessa Williams fill the high heels of Dorothy Dandridge? Yes, according to the co-producers of "Dottie," a movie musical "inspired" by the life of Dandridge, the glamorous Oscar-nominated black singer-dancer-actress of the '40s and '50s who died of a drug overdose in 1965 at age 42. Kathryn Yarnell and Faye Schwab (exec producer on Jane Fonda's now-filming "The Morning After") have offered the part to the 23-year-old dethroned Miss America, and hope to film this fall.
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