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By Jeff C. Young

Author Jeff C. younger presents brief biographies of ten influential African-American actors. examine the demanding situations and triumphs of actors similar to Ossie Davis and Halle Berry. each one brief biography ends with a short timeline of the person's lifestyles and achievements.

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1961 Recreates role of Walter Lee Younger in film version of A Raisin in the Sun. 1963 Wins Academy and Golden Globe Best Actor awards for the film Lilies of the Field. 1967 Stars in three highly successful films: To Sir With Love, In the Heat of the Night, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. 1972 Directs his first film, Buck and the Preacher. 1980 Directs hit comedy film Stir Crazy. 1991 Earns Emmy Award nomination for portrayal of Thurgood Marshall in Separate But Equal. 1992 Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from American Film Institute.

The film was a critical success, and it won a Golden Globe Award for Best Musical Motion Picture. Dandridge received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her memorable portrayal of Carmen. Along with the Best Actress nomination, Dandridge’s performance as Carmen earned her a host of rave reviews. ”2 The review in Time also predicted that the success of Carmen Jones would lead to more opportunities for other African-American actors. But that didn’t happen. Grace Kelly won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Country Girl.

Denison was a bad husband in addition to being a bad businessman. According to Dandridge biographer Donald Bogle, Denison was physically and verbally abusive. The couple divorced in 1962. Image Credit: Everett Collection A still photo from Porgy and Bess (1959). Dorothy Dandridge (right) starred with Sidney Poitier. After divorcing Denison, Dandridge was no longer in demand as an actress or nightclub singer. She also discovered that she had been swindled out of her life savings of $500,000. Along with the loss of income, she was being pressured by the Internal Revenue Service for payment of $139,000 in back taxes.

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