Meet the 1st black actress to earn an Oscar nomination but died with $2 in her account

Meet the 1st black actress to earn an Oscar nomination but died with $2 in her account

- Dorothy Jean Dandridge, the first black actress to rise so high and get nominated for an Oscar had her life dwindle completely

- Dandridge, who died at 42, had everything fall apart in her life from the point of her first marriage with one Harold Nicholas

- Nicholas and Dandridge had a daughter with brain damage and so much wealth went into the treatment of the young girl

- Later, Dandridge fell into drugs, depression and complete bankruptcy, dying with only $2 in her acccount

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Dorothy Jean Dandridge was the first black actress to rise to fame and earn an Oscar nomination but sadly, she lost all her wealth and worth by the time she passed.

A report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Face2FaceAfrica indicates that Dandridge earned the nomination for an Academy Award as best actress in the 1954 film Carmen Jones, becoming the first black woman to achieve the feat.

Prior to that, the renowned actress who grew up never meeting her father, was part of The Wonder Children, later The Dandridge Sisters, before finding fame and performing as a vocalist at the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater.

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Meet the 1st black actress to earn Oscar nomination but died with $2 in her account

Source: UGC
Source: UGC

Dandridge also appeared in films such as Island in the Sun (1957), The Decks Ran Red (1958), Tamango (1959), and Moment of Danger (1960).

The young lady's life started to dwindle when she married her first husband Harold Nicholas in 1942 and they had a daughter called Harolyn in 1943 with brain damage.

All of her wealth was spent on the little girl to give her a private treatment. Fast-forward, she broke up with Nicholas and later married her second husband, Jack Denison, in 1959 who was also very abusive and a money-scavenger.

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Dandridge began drinking heavily and taking antidepressants and fell into a deep state of bankruptcy. On September 8, 1965, Dandridge was found dead mysteriously in her Hollywood home aged 42 with only $2 left in her account.

In another interesting report, a gentleman identified as Deveon Joseph who was part of a 2020 graduating class joined the Black Life Matter protest all dressed up in his full graduation gown.

The photo that was reportedly shared on social media by Nathan Aguirre after which it quickly went viral because of the seeming courage and passion of the young man that the action portrays.

In the picture, Deveon Joseph was spotted at University Ave, St. Paul, Minnesota with his graduation outfit in what looked like early moments of nightfall.

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