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Everything and Nothing: The Dorothy Dandridge Tragedy

By Dorothy Dandridge, Earl Conrad

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, May 2000
ISBN: 0060956755
MY HERO recommends this book to adult readers.
From the Publisher Dorothy Dandridge's life story is the stuff Hollywood dreams—and nightmares. Completed shortly before her tragic death in 1965, Everything and Nothing recounts her rags-to-riches-to-rags story from her personal point of view. Dandridge recalls her humble beginnings in Depression-era Cleveland, Ohio, her rise to fame and success as the first African American to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination (for her role in Carmen Jones), the disappointments and pain of her childhood and family life, and her downward spiral into alcoholism and financial troubles, Everything and Nothing is a mesmerizing and harrowing journey through the life and times of one of Hollywood's most unforgettable stars.

Author Biography: Coauthor Earl Conrad has published more than twenty works of biography, history, criticism, and fiction, including Errol Flynn's My Wicked, Wicked Ways. He lives in California.

User Reviews:
jasmain | 3/3/2010 10:16 PM
did your sister die? please write back love jasmain

Dorothy Dandridge's sister, Vivian, died in 1991.

-- The MY HERO Library Staff

Essence Grant | 2/28/2007 2:39 AM
I use Dorothy Dandridges' life to help me perservere in mine. Singing is not just a hobby for me it is a passion;a way of living. And in that I find similarities in Ms. Dandridge. Her work in Carmen Jones changed my life. Not in the corny daytime tv talk show way, but a genuine change that gave me the courage to try my hardest to reach ny dream of becoming a singer. The thing I love most about her is that she stayed true to herself by not letting race issues interfere with her passion, and not settling to be 'just another black act. Because in that time unless you truly proved yourself as an artist with staying power, you were seen as a joke. Having that being said......

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