40 Facts About The Tragic Life of Dorothy Dandridge
40 Facts About The Tragic Life of Dorothy Dandridge

40 Facts About The Tragic Life of Dorothy Dandridge

Trista - June 10, 2019

40 Facts About The Tragic Life of Dorothy Dandridge
A photograph of Dorothy Dandridge. IMDB.

3. Dorothy Was Constantly In and Out of Apartments

With her continuing financial woes, worsened by her acrimonious divorce from second husband Jack Denison, Dandridge rarely stayed in any one place for long. Friends reported that she was always moving in and out of apartments. She would often become convinced that landlords or neighbors were stealing from her, prompting yet another move.

40 Facts About The Tragic Life of Dorothy Dandridge
A newspaper headline of Dandridge’s death. Pinterest.

2. She Was Found Dead At Only 42

Only hours after phone calls to friends in which she stated, ominously, “Whatever happens, I know you will understand,” Dorothy Dandridge was found dead in her apartment at age 42. Her date of death was September 8th, 1965. Dandridge was supposed to fly out to New York later that night for some club appearances.

40 Facts About The Tragic Life of Dorothy Dandridge
A photograph of Dorothy Dandridge. Fine Art America.

1. Controversy Remains Over the Cause of Her Death

There still is debate among forensic scientists as to the exact cause of Dandridge’s death. One pathology institute insists that she died of a likely accidental overdose of the antidepressant imipramine. However, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office argues that she died of a fat embolism after an injury to her right foot earlier that week. Her body was cremated shortly after her death, so we will never know precisely what snuffed out her shining light.

 

Where Did We Find This Stuff? Here Are Our Sources:

Black Past – Dorothy Dandridge (1922-1964)

TCM – Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Chitlin’ Circuit: Black Performers’ Soulful Showcase During Segregation

Vanity Fair – Tragedy and Triumph: The Dorothy Dandridge Story

Today – Halle Berry Says Her Historic Oscar Win Is One Of Her ‘Biggest Heartbreaks’

The Washington Post – The Fragile Flame Of Dorothy Dandridge

Chicago Tribune – Dorothy Dandridge’s Story A Hollywood Tragedy

Medium – Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Dorothy Dandridge vs. The World

MSN – Fascinating Facts About The Life Of Dorothy Dandridge

History Channel – Golden Age Hollywood Had a Dirty Little Secret: Drugs

Cheat sheet – Judy Garland Was Given Amphetamine-Based Diet Pills From Her Studio

Cinema Blend – Dorothy Dandridge: Fascinating Facts About The Singer And Actor

Biography Tribune – Who Is Dorothy Dandridge’s Daughter Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas?

Factinate – Tragic Facts About Dorothy Dandridge, Hollywood’s Fallen Star

Mental Floss – Grave Sightings: Dorothy Dandridge

Face To Face Africa – Died With $2 In Her Account, Dorothy Dandridge Was First Black Actress To Earn Oscar Nomination

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