“If I were white, I could capture the world.” —— Dorothy Dandridge
She was a beautiful actress and singer whose star shone too briefly. She rose to the top of her profession with her first starring role and became the first black woman to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. But, just as fast as her success was achieved, so did it begin to fade.
She knew it was hard, close to impossible, for a black actress to maintain a long running career in Hollywood because the roles were simply not there.
Dorothy had the drive and the talent to make it but the color of her skin held her back and her life soon began a downward spiral which in the end turned tragic. (source)