Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge is a 1999 American biographical drama television film directed by Martha Coolidge from a screenplay by Shonda Rhimes and Scott Abbott, based on the biography Dorothy Dandridge by Earl Mills.[1] Filmed over a span of a few weeks in early 1998, the film stars Halle Berry as actress and singer Dorothy Dandridge and premiered on HBO on August 21, 1999.[2] The teleplay is drawn exclusively from the biography of Dorothy Dandridge by Earl Mills. The original music score was composed by Elmer Bernstein, who had known Dandridge and Otto Preminger.[3]

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
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Promotional poster
Based onDorothy Dandridge
by Earl Mills
Screenplay by
Directed byMartha Coolidge
ComposerElmer Bernstein
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
ProducerLarry Y. Albucher
CinematographyRobbie Greenberg
EditorAlan Heim
Running time120 minutes
Production companyHBO Pictures
Budget$9.2 million
Original networkHBO
Original release
  • August 21, 1999 (1999-08-21)



RCA Victor released a soundtrack album on August 10, 1999.

  1. "Your Red Wagon" – Wendi Williams (2:29)
  2. "I Got Rhythm" – Wendi Williams (2:44)
  3. "Hep Hop" – Bill Elliott (3:17)
  4. "Chattanooga Choo Choo" – Wendi Williams (2:27)
  5. "Sportsman's Mambo" – Bill Elliott (3:08)
  6. "Somebody" – Wendi Williams (2:33)
  7. "Twelve Cylinders" – Bill Elliott (3:39)
  8. "You Do Something to Me" – Wendi Williams (2:19)
  9. "Zoot Suit for My Sunday Gal" – Wendi Williams (3:28)
  10. "That's All" – Wendi Williams (2:34)
  11. "Streamliner" – Bill Elliott (3:49)
  12. "First Telephone" – Elmer Bernstein (2:05)
  13. "Try Again" – Elmer Bernstein (1:17)
  14. "No Song" – Elmer Bernstein (1:18)
  15. "Dorothy" – Elmer Bernstein (2:04)

Awards and nominationsEdit

2000 Black Reel Awards

  • Best Actress—Halle Berry (won)
  • Best Film (won)
  • Best Supporting Actor—Obba Babatundé (nominated)
  • Best Supporting Actor—Brent Spiner (nominated)

2000 Directors Guild of America

  • Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television—Martha Coolidge (nominated)

2000 Emmy Awards

2000 Golden Globes

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV—Halle Berry (won)
  • Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (nominated)
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV—Klaus Maria Brandauer (nominated)

2000 Image Awards

  • Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie/Miniseries/Dramatic Special—Halle Berry (won)
  • Outstanding Television Movie/Miniseries/Dramatic Special (won)
  • Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie/Miniseries/Dramatic Special—Obba Babatundé (nominated)

2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries—Halle Berry (won)


  1. ^ Mills, Earl (1999). Dorothy Dandridge: An Intimate Portrait of Hollywood's First Major Black Film Star. Los Angeles: Holloway House Publishing. ISBN 978-0-87067-899-8.
  2. ^ "Halle Berry Brings the Passion and Pain of Dorothy Dandridge to HBO Movie". Jet. Vol. 96, no. 12. August 23, 1999. p. 60. ISSN 0021-5996.
  3. ^ Coolidge, Martha (1999). Introducing Dorothy Dandridge: An HBO Original Movie Soundtrack (liner notes). Elmer Bernstein. BMG. 09026 63544-2.

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