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July 25, 2008

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regina

Hey there!
I agree! Finally something I could really applaud Halle for! I think she did exceptionally well in this and also true the resemblances help as well as the somewhat similarities they went through. I seem to recall reading back when this came out that Halle said she felt possessed with Dorothy's spirit, there was a certain dress or something that Halle thought helped her embrace the role...I thought that was a little freaky but if it helps you be a better actress...
Anyway, finally Kudos to Halle!

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@ Regina

Hi Regina; I didn't know that (about the dress). That's interesting -- if not creepy -- but I've heard of stranger things, so if that worked for her, I'm glad. In the end, she was really good in the role. That's all that matters. Yes. Kudos to Halle! :)

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Hello there!

Halle Barry is a very gifted actress.

I felt that her role in "Queen" was also very compelling.

Stop by my blog sometime and jump into the conversations! My door is always open!

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
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introspectivegoddess

I so totally agree with everything you have written, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge is by far one of Halle Berry's most compelling performances. I loved her in this movie I dont think anyone could have played her better. I also agree that she and Dorothy have some similiarites in their personal and professional life... I remember crying at the end of the movie..it just seemed such a waste for someone as beautiful and talented as Dorothy Dandridge to endure so much during her life and never really find happiness for herself...I also believe that her manager was in love with her...you know the one that always called her angel face...and I also remember Halle Berry stating that she wore the actual dress that Dorothy wore to the oscars for her Best Actress nomination..she claimed in Ebony Magazine that the dress lifted off of the floor when she had it hanging up in her home.....I always figured it was Dorothy Dandridge's way of saying Thank You for telling her story....

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@ Black Women... Trumpet

Hmmm. I never did see Queen. I prolly missed a good showing, I guess. I think it was a miniseries. I will not be highlighting it here but maybe I can get it on DVD and take a look sometime. Thanks. Okay, Trumpet; Ima check you.

@ Introspectivegoddess

"I always figured it was Dorothy Dandridge's way of saying Thank You for telling her story...."

Interesting. It's quite possible. I'm really glad the story was told.

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@ Trumpet

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Orville

I agree this movie is what MADE Halle Berry a MOVIE STAR. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge FORCED Hollywood to give Berry RESPECT but she was so convicing in the role. Berry proved she has A LOT of determination she got the TV rights to the movie because I heard Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston had the movie rights. So Berry beat them to the punch by having the movie made FIRST. This movie role CHANGED Berry's life her career REALLY took off AFTER this role and she DESERVED all the awards she won.

invisiblewoman

Did not know she produced Lackawanna Blues...hmmm. May actually have to give her props.

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@ Orville

As you know, I agree. I really enjoyed her in this.

@ Invisible Woman

Yeah; I thought that was pretty cool, actually.

CARMEN

Halle was incredible in this movie. The similarities between the two women is almost eerie.
-both from clevelenad
-born at the same cleveland hospital
-both have one sister that they don't speak to
-both have one daughter
-it was said that Halle was the same size as Dorothy and none of the dresses had to be altered.
-physically, theres a strong resemblance
Who else could've played this roll?? No one.

CARMEN

Oh one more thing. Someone said something about the scene where Dorothy passed and she had her rear stuck up in the air. Halle was interviewed when this came out and said it was a body double.

Kimbrough

I agree with the resemblance issue. Like that Spike Lee movie about Malcolm X. Man, that Denzel Washington was absolutely Malcolm X. I forgot I was watching Denzel -- all I saw was Malcolm X. The resemblance was remarkable, the speech, diction and mannerisms were flawless. Anyway, I say all of that to agree with your comment about resemblance.

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@ Kimbrough

Thanks for sharing your comments with us, Kimbrough!

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Dorothy passed and she had her rear stuck up in the air. Halle was interviewed when this came out and said it was a body double.

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Halle Berry's rear would've been stuck up in the air, anyway. LOL

ClubPenguinCheats

I think she did exceptionally well in this and also true the resemblances help as well as the somewhat similarities they went through.

Amanda

Amen! Well stated. This is an issue that is very near and dear to my heart, eselpiacly now that I have a daughter who wonders why many of the people on TV don't look like her with brown skin. It even lead me to start a tumblr featuring images of beautiful women of color. (thewornidentity.tumblr.com ) This change will only come about by making a conscious effort to change it. We need to continue producing our own magazines, webizines, movies, tv shows, fashion shows etc, in which we can showcase the beauty of the diversities of our cultures. Thank you for being a part of the change by posting on this issue.

Renata

*squeals* I love Dorothy Dandridge!!!! Her style & influence will cnnitoue to live on. I just wish there was more done with her image in terms of marketing. There are thousands of coffee table books about other screen legends, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Rita Hayworth, etc but it is difficult to find Dorothy Dandridge items. I think her image, legacy, & life are important for young black girls to see and learn about. Great post!!!Kimc3�c2b4s last [type] ..

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