Throwback Divas: Celebrating The Iconic Style Of Dorothy Dandridge (From ‘Carmen Jones’ To The Apollo Theater)

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Grace, poise, style and an amazing voice are just some of the words that can be used to describe the late Dorothy Dandridge.  An Academy Award winning actress, Dorothy Dandridge her iconic roles in Carmen JonesPorgy & Bess and her vocal performances at such legendary NYC hot spots like Apollo Theater and the Cotton Club. While her accomplishments as a trailblazer for African Americans in the entertainment industry were not highlighted until years after her death, she's now celebrated and revered for her contributions to the profession. Halle Berry chronicled the icon's life in the HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. Today we celebrate the birthday of the fashionable style diva, the incomparable Dorothy Dandridge.

Click through the gallery to get fashion inspiration from the iconic black beauty Dorothy Dandridge.

 

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 Dorothy Dandridge on a night club dance floor.

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Dorothy Dandridge in the film Atlantic City.

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 Singer Dorothy Dandridge performs on stage with a band in a strapless dress.

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Dorothy Dandridge on the set of Carmen Jones.

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Dorothy Dandridge strikes a pose for the promo of Carmen Jones.

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Dorothy Dandridge rocks a hooded dress.

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Dorothy Dandridge with Harry Belafonte in a scene from the film Island in the Sun.

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Dorothy Dandridge and Tamango co-star Alex Cressan in Paris.

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Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Bellafonte in a still from Island in the Sun.

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Dorothy Dandridge in a promo for the film The Decks Ran Red.

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 Dorothy Dandridge and Sammy Davis Jr in the film Porgy and Bess.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/becky.ware2 Becky Rice Ware

    THAT IS WHERE BEYONCE’S DESIGNER DRESS IS COPIED FROM! I knew I’d seen it before, but couldn’t remember where! Beyonce is styling herself after Dorothy Dandridge, and may not even know it! What an incredibly beautiful, classy woman!