Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
Halle Berry.jpg
Directed by Martha Coolidge
Produced by Larry Y Albucher
Halle Berry
Written by Shonda Rhimes
Scott Abbott
Earl Mills
Starring Halle Berry
Brent Spiner
Klaus Maria Brandauer
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Budget $9,200,000
Country United States
Language English
Original channel Home Box Office (HBO)
Release date August 21, 1999 (1999-08-21)
Running time 120 minutes

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 by Earl Mills.[2] The original music score was composed by Elmer Bernstein. The film is marketed with the tagline: "Right woman. Right place. Wrong time."


Awards and nominations[edit]

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)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Halle Berry Brings the Passion and Pain of Dorothy Dandridge to HBO Movie". Jet. 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, 1999. ISBN 0-87067-899-X.

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