Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge is a television film directed by Martha Coolidge. Filmed over a span of a few weeks in early 1998, the film was aired in the United States on August 21, 1999.[1] The teleplay is drawn exclusively from the biography of Dorothy Dandridge by Earl Mills.[2] The original music score was composed by Elmer Bernstein, who had known Dandridge and Otto Preminger.[3] The film is marketed with the tagline: "Right woman. Right place. Wrong time."

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
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Written byShonda Rhimes
Scott Abbott
Earl Mills
Directed byMartha Coolidge
StarringHalle Berry
Brent Spiner
Klaus Maria Brandauer
Theme music composerElmer Bernstein
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersJoshua D. Maurer
Halle Berry
Robert Katz
Moctezuma Esparza
Vincent Cirrincione
CinematographyRobbie Greenberg
Running time120 minutes
Original networkHome Box Office (HBO)
Original releaseAugust 21, 1999 (1999-08-21)


Lex Barker is portrayed by an uncredited actor.


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. ^ "Halle Berry Brings the Passion and Pain of Dorothy Dandridge to HBO Movie". Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. August 23, 1999. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  2. ^ *Mills, Earl. Dorothy Dandridge: An Intimate Portrait of Hollywood's First Major Black Film Star. Holloway House Publishing (1970), 1999. ISBN 0-87067-899-X.
  3. ^ Martha Coolidge, liner notes, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge soundtrack album.

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