Dorothy Dandridge spoke by telephone with friend and former sister-in-law Geraldine “Geri” Branton. Several hours after her conversation with Branton ended, Dandridge was found dead by her manager, Earl Mills. She was scheduled to fly to New York the next day to prepare for her nightclub engagement at Basin Street East.
Two months later, a Los Angeles pathology institute determined the cause to be an accidental overdose of Imipramine, a tricyclic antidepressant.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office came to a different conclusion: “Miss Dandridge died of a rare embolism—blockage of the blood passages at the lungs and brain by tiny pieces of fat flaking off from bone marrow in a fractured right foot she sustained in a Hollywood film five days before she died.”
On September 12, 1965, a private funeral service was held for Dandridge at the Little Chapel of the Flowers; she was then cremated and her ashes interred in the Freedom Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Dorothy Jean Dandridge was an actress and singer, and was the 1st African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Lead
Actress. She performed as a vocalist in venues such as the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater.
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