Dorothy Dandridge and Marilyn Monroe’s interesting facts and comparisons

Dorothy Dandridge and Marilyn Monroe; all the facts you need to know.

If you’re really a big fan of Hollywood you should have known these two names (Dorothy Dandridge and Marilyn Monroe)  by now, and the comparison that follows suit whenever and wherever these two names are mentioned.

dorothy dandridge and marilyn monroe

And in this article, we’re going to be sharing some interesting facts about these two great celebrities that have graced the Hollywood movie industry marking their names in the sounds of the time.

Just in case you don’t know them, you will still know them from this article.

But before I delve into sharing these facts about these two beautiful ladies I would like to first answer some questions people usually ask about them, a question which you might also be asking.

Was Dorothy Dandridge the black Marilyn Monroe?

The life of Dorothy Dandridge and Marilyn Monroe was two different ball game which means they weren’t the same as people have sentimentally told them to be.  Just like Marilyn black, Dorothy was loved by her fans. The reason why she was always termed black Marilyn was the way she was mistreated and mismanaged by the industry but despite everything that happened the black goddess still got back to her feet and conquered. 

Despite the comparison, Dandridge lived on her own and lived a legacy that was incomparable.

Did Marilyn Monroe copy Dorothy Dandridge?

Well, there is a two-way answer to this, and it is yes and no.

Yes, how?

When it comes to fashion wise it is so plain and clear that Marilyn Monroe almost presented herself to the media like Dorothy. But at the same time, this can be a result of her studio manager and the rest of her management team, but it’s still clear that she imitated her colleague fashion-wise. Aside from that, they’re still different individuals who did their thing in their own way.

Were Dorothy Dandridge and Marilyn Monroe friends?

According to the Biography of both celebrities, there was no place recorded that they were best of friends. But at the same time, both actresses have been seen time after time doing fun stuff together such as hanging out together for parties. The two starlets once lived together in the same apartment when Monroe was living with Jock Carroll. They first met in 1947 at the Actors’ Lab in Hollywood after which Marilyn relocated to New York.

They also sit together to discuss their experiences and personal life and how far they have gone in the industry. Dorothy’s partner onstage and off stage for several years was also Marilyn’s vocalist Coach. The two actresses have never hidden their friendship for once. 

So with this, you should know that they were good friends, but due to the unpopular fact of a white having a black friend in those days, it was never mentioned by the media.

When did Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Dandridge die?

Marilyn Monroe died on 4 August 1962, at Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. She died as a result of a barbiturate overdose in her system.

Dorothy Dandridge died on 8 September 1965, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States. She died as a result of an accidental overdose of the antidepressant imipramine.

Note: Nobody killed any of them.

Facts about Dorothy Dandridge

Marilyn was 9 November 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States

She was the first African-American film star to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, which was for her performance in Carmen Jones.

She was not just an actress, Marilyn was also a singer and dancer.

She is an African American child

She only gave birth to a child by the name of Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas who later died in 2003 at the age of 60 years.

She was married to two different men; Jack Denison (1959–1962) and Harold Nicholas (1942–1951) before she died.

Her parents’ names were; Parents: Ruby Dandridge, and Cyril Dandridge. Both parents were of mixed racial origin, and Dorothy from birth inherited beautiful copper-colored skin with Caucasian features.

She died at the age of 42 years through a drug overdose.

Facts about Marilyn Monroe

She was born on the 1st of June 1926, in Los Angeles, California, United States

She was famous for playing comedic “blonde bombshell” characters, where she became one of the most popular s*x symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s.

She married three times to three different men ( Arthur Miller, Joe DiMaggio, and James Dougherty).

She never had a single child till she died.

Her other unpopular names were “Norma Jeane”

She spent most of her childhood in foster homes and orphanage home

She was one of the highly marketable Hollywood Stars.

She founded her own film production company in 1954 and built the company in 1955.

Marilyn won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role in Some Like It Hot, a 1959 movie.

Her last completed film before she died was a misfit drama.

She met her sister for the first time when she was 17 years old.

She dropped out of high school to become a housewife for Dougherty.

Marilyn also secretly dated other men like director Nicholas Ray, the two actors Yul Brynner and Peter Lawford

Her parent’s names are Parents: Charles Stanley Gifford, and Gladys Pearl Baker

After her death, she was buried on the 8th of August, 1962


This is where we will be wrapping up everything you need to know about Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Dandridge.


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