OF MARILYN MONROE & DOROTHY DANDRIDGE:
find it interesting that in ‘no biography’ of Marilyn Monroe does it
mention that she was very good friends with black actress Dorothy Dandridge.
Dandridge would finish performing with the Desi Arnez band in Hollywood,
she would call Monroe, they would talk for hours about their career, problems
with men and racism in Hollywood. Dandridge, Monroe and another
black friendly actress, Ava Gardener often went to parties together.
and Dandridge also got a kick out of-both their first names and last names started
with the same initial.
never tried to hide her friendship with Dandridge. It was so unpopular
for whites to have black friends during segregation that white media outlets
refused to report on their friendship, even if they were peers in the same field. This may be why biographers aren't familiar with their association.
was also a good friend’s of actor James Dean, she considered Dean a
‘play brother.’ Monroe and Dean tried to shield Dandridge from racism.
Marlon Brando was extremely attracted to Dorothy Dandridge and shocked
an audience when he kissed Dandridge on the mouth during an awards ceremony.
Interracial mixing in Hollywood; was unheard of in the 1950’s and was looked
Monroe was very ‘black friendly’ and it’s rumored that she tried to talk President
John F. Kennedy into during more for civil rights before her death.
Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Dandridge would die in a similiar fashion. Both died of accidental pill overdoses.