Exhuming Dorothy Dandridge: The Black Sex Goddess and Classic Hollywood Cinema

Rippy, Marguerite H.
August 1997
Cineaction;1997, Issue 44, p20
The article examines cinematic performances of African American actress Dorothy Dandridge. An inversion of the miscegenation myth appeared repeatedly in Dandridge's films. Her interracial appeal was portrayed in movies as both inescapable and taboo, and specifically labeled these desires as tragic, destructive to both desirer and desired. The article is devoted to a reinterpretation of Dandridge, with an aim of offering an alternative to regarding her as the spice in an American fantasy of feminine sexuality.


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