August 21, 1999 |
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.
July 28, 2012 |
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.
HOME & GARDEN
October 31, 2009 |
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.
August 19, 1999 |
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.
May 5, 2013 |
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.
October 3, 2011 |
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)