This Day in Black History: Nov. 9, 1922

Actress Dorothy Dandridge is born.

Posted: 11/09/2011 07:00 AM EST

Dorothy Dandridge, the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Dandridge is known for her starring roles in Carmen Jones (1954) and Porgy and Bess (1959). She famously turned down the role of Tuptim in the film The King and I because she refused to play a slave.

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