Inspirational gallery: Dorothy Dandridge Dorothy Jean Dandridge was an American actress and popular singe, as well as the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. We love her Fifties style and timeless beauty – so here’s a gallery of inspirational images. One Response Loretta October 7th, 2012 Thank you for showcasing this beautiful and talented woman. I love Dorothy Dandridge and she has a series of black and white photos that are timeless. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.