Birth Name: Dorothy Jean Dandridge
Date of Birth: November 9, 1922
Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Date of Birth: September 8, 1965
Place of Death: West Hollywood, California
Ethnicity: African-American, some English
Dorothy Dandridge was an American actress, singer, and dancer. She was known for her films Carmen Jones, Tomango, Porgy and Bess, and many more. Dorothy’s parents were both black, and she also had some English ancestry.
Her father, Cyril H. Dandridge, was a minister and cabinetmaker, born in Ohio. Her mother, Ruby Dandridge (born Ruby Jean Butler), born in Wichita, Kansas, was an actress from 1900 until the 1950s. Dorothy was once married to Harold Nicholas, from the Nicholas Brothers.
Dorothy’s paternal grandparents were James Henry Dandridge (the son of Albert Dandridge and Edwina) and Florence Jessie Locke (the daughter of John/Joshua Locke and Ellen Johnson). James and Florence were born in Canada. John was born in England. Ellen was born in Kentucky.
Dorothy’s maternal grandparents were George Frank Butler and Nellie Simmons. Dorothy’s mother’s family was from North Carolina.
In her autobiography, Everything and Nothing: The Dorothy Dandridge Tragedy, Dorothy stated that her mother had Jamaican, Mexican, and Native American ancestry. It appears that these statements were inaccurate.