Category: 1943

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Dolores Del Rio in “Journey Into Fear” (1943)

Bill Robinson, Lena Horne and

Cab Calloway in “Stormy Weather” (1943)

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Dorothy Dandridge with her 1-month-old daughter Harolyn

Nicholas and mother Ruby

Dandridge, 1943.

On

September 6, 1942, Dorothy

Dandridge

married Harold Nicholas of the tap-dancing duo, the Nicholas Brothers. Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas, the couple’s only child, was born on September 2, 1943. Harolyn was born with severe brain damage due to the doctor using forceps during the birth. To the day she died, Dandridge blamed herself for not getting to the hospital sooner during labor, Nicholas had left to play golf, taking the car with him. Harold wanted to wash his hands of Harolyn and Dorothy wanted to care for her. His abandonment along with his affairs ended their marriage in 1951.

In 1959, Dorothy married Jack Denison, who physically abused her and squandered her earnings before they divorced three years later. By then a bank had foreclosed on Dandridge’s Hollywood Hills home, and she could no longer afford to pay for Harolyn’s 24-hour nursing care. In 1963 she made the wrenching decision to send her daughter to a state institution. Shortly afterward she suffered a breakdown. Dorothy died on September 8, 1965 at the age of 42 from an

accidental overdose of prescription medication. There is speculation that Harolyn died in 2003 but it’s unconfirmed.

Lena Horne (1943)

Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles on their Wedding Day

(Original Caption) Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles beam for the cameraman as they wait their turn at the marriage license bureau in Santa Monica, California, just prior to their wedding on September 7, 1943.

Dolores Del Rio in “Journey Into Fear” (1943)