Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Is Merle Dandridge Related To Dorothy Dandridge?

Empire's Grace Gealey isn't the only Grace with loads of talent.  Grace Greenleaf has been trending lately! Episode 6 of the show was unforgettable.  The episode explored two marriages headed for disaster.  My jaw dropped when Charity walked in while Kevin was looking at men on his phone.

If you watched Greenleaf and you're anything like me, you're most likely wondering if Merle Dandridge is related to Dorothy Dandridge.   First, we just knew that Desiree Ross was related to Diana, and now it's Merle's turn.

Is Merle Dandridge Related To Dorothy Dandridge?
Is Merle Dandridge Related To Dorothy Dandridge?

Merle is not related to Dorothy.  It's easy to see that "Grace" is a veteran in the industry but why haven't you heard of her? It's because she's been on Broadway for the last decade.  The talented actress has starred in plays like Rent and Aida and now she is doing her thing on Oprah's network!

Dorothy Dandridge
Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.  She received the nomination for her breathtaking performance in the 1954 film Carmen Jones.

20th Century Fox
Fox proved how dedicated it was to diversity by introducing the world to Empire but the company has supported African American entertainers since the 1950s.  In 1953, the company began a nationwide search for an all-black cast for the film Carmen Jones.  

The role made Dorothy one of Hollywood's first black sex symbols.  The musical film would go on to generate over $10 million.  

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