Dorothy Dandridge – The Original Triple Threat

Filed in Scorpio

Dorothy Dandridge was a Triple Threat in the classic sense of the phrase; an accomplished singer, dancer and actress. She was also a Triple Scorpio; Sun, Mercury and Jupiter aligned in the sign of the Scorpion.

She was of the same Neptune in Leo generation as Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner – she also had Leo Rising, like Monroe. Later she was referred to as “the black Marilyn Monroe.” She began working aged five, as a child singer and dancer during the Depression.

Her career was not so illustrious in large part because of vicious racism and sexism that saw her segregated to her hotel room after performances and pursued by Hollywood hacks trying to catch her out in a “lewd act.” Hint: Unless you were married then, anything was a “lewd act.” She was also hounded by the press for “dating white men”. The men? Not so much.

Despite all this crap, she managed a series of “firsts” – she was the first African American to be nominated for an Academy Award in a major role (Best Actress) and the first African American woman to be on the cover of the then major Life Magazine.

Dandridge was always glamorous and professional despite personal life traumas and famously refused a role because, as she said; “I won’t play a slave.”

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16 thoughts on “Dorothy Dandridge – The Original Triple Threat

  1. Talented and beautiful. Her story is heartbreaking. She was fierce to endure all that she did, not a life for the weak of heart.

  2. Is being a triple threat a Pluto in Leo thing? Entertainment back in the day was really all-encompassing and on point compared to the little to no talent you need to achieve fame today…

    • I can’t think of one triple-threat that does it for me. Give me Dylan, Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder, Mark Seymour, et al anyday.

      • All white icons. Yes, yes, we love them too, and singin-dancin-musical style is not for all of us here, either.

        But what do you have to say about the unsung brown girl who really thought she could, and had to live later with the knowing she couldn’t? Maybe her artistic style was hampered by the limited context she worked in, since her childhood. No performing childhood for those people you mentioned. Their underprivilege was nothing compared to Dandridge’s. Just a female; just a coloured. Not my artistic style either but goddamn she rocked the fuq as much as she could out of her world.

      • Diff Prez but will become true of Trumpf (Neil’s “Impeach the President)

        “Let’s impeach the President for lying
        And misleading our country into war
        Abusing all the power that we gave him
        And shipping all our money out the door

        Who’s the man who hired all the criminals
        The White House shadows who hide behind closed doors
        They bend the facts to fit with their new stories
        Of why we have to send our men to war

        Let’s impeach the President for spying
        On citizens inside their own homes
        Breaking every law in the country
        By tapping our computers and telephones

        What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees
        Would New Orleans have been safer that way
        Sheltered by our government’s protection
        Or was someone just not home that day?

        Flip – Flop
        Flip – Flop
        Flip – Flop
        Flip – Flop

        Let’s impeach the president for hijacking
        Our religion and using it to get elected
        Dividing our country into colors
        And still leaving black people neglected

        Thank god he’s cracking down on steroids
        Since he sold his old baseball team
        There’s lots of people looking at big trouble
        But of course our president is clean.”

  3. Scorpio- Leo energy (and kataka in some ways (moon) pings my draconic chart. that last image – dress is ahmayzing.

  4. Triple threats are the complete demolition special ops, dirty tricks gang–behind enemy lines the wer little zeuses of overlord busters. But what struck me off topic was the mask evoking franz fanon haunting black white skin–the same breathless character in spirit-away myazki shorthand anime my favourite scene being the transformation from swamp ghoul read white supremascist guff to spirit of the river. This lady is an auspicious dragon–becoming deleuzian and guttarean line of flight– lackkadaddy

  5. Dorothy is really beautiful. I would love to read a biography. Heartbreaking about her daughter and that awful husband stealing her money so she had to put her in a home. Ugh, horrifying.
    Her mother was clever to turn her children into a performing duo i suppose.. But it can’t have been much of a childhood.

    So interesting how watery and Plutonic her chart is! Sun-Mercury-Jupiter in the 4th, Scorpio. Pluto-Moon in her 12th, Cancer. Uranus in her 8th, Pisces. I think that there a few actors heavy with heavy trine action that a very popular. Like Paul Rudd (Fire Trines), Zooey Deschanel (Earth Trines) etc.

    Anyway, her Venus in Saggitarius in the 5th would definitely never play a slave! Freedom and being too divine would be key to her charisma no doubt.

  6. PORGY & BESS….. ‘I lerves ya Porgy’. So remember that movie when it came out. The music was unforgettable with her singing.She was out loud proud.

    But so sad. Every man in Hollywood wanted to get into her knickers while they were segregating her.
    The Mulatto (High Yella it demeaning called) was western man’s wet dream, howzat for black madonna-whore attitude. Think it was he first role that was NOT a ‘mammy’ or slave.
    Funny how ‘slave’ has become a sexual term, not.

    Now the world’s is a melting pot of different coloured skins, it seems insane that those mindsets were only 50 + years ago.

  7. I’ve always loved Dorothy Dandridge! Thanks for mentioning her on this site. Most people tend to only mention old Hollywood actresses like Marilyn Monroe, whom I adore, but Dorothy was also a beauty.

    She could have become a big star like Marilyn if racism hadn’t prevented her from achieving her full potential.
    I also love the fact that Dorothy was a Scorpio like me…November Scorp! “Carmen Jones” and “Island In The Sun” are only a couple of films in which she was able to show her talent.

    Apparently she wanted the lead role in “Bus Stop” (1956) but at the time, it was unheard of for a Black actress to even be considered for a part like that. Marilyn got the part. I wish Dorothy could have achieved the kind of stardom that Marilyn did, but sadly no…

    • Yes absolutely concur with this…I know contemporary times are not – obviously – optimal but sometimes looking back at past eras and the entrenched injustice, my heart breaks.

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