As Dandridge's career rises, she appears on numerous magazine covers. As popular as she was becoming, overtly racist comments and actions follow her the rest of her career. She tells People Today in 1953 that, “To be a siren of song, one needs more than talent, looks, and voice. One needs understanding of people. At first, I was afraid they wouldn’t like me. Then I realized the first step in that direction was to like them and to assume they would like me.” The magazine refers to her as a “bronze bombshell” and featured her on the back cover. Soon she'll be making history as the first African-American woman to grace the cover of Life Magazine.
Check out an interview we did for the fanzine Estrellitamia. Their zines are a work of art!
Today would have been Bela Lugosi’s 136th birthday. Lugosi is famous for portraying Count Dracula in the 1931 film. He is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, CA near the gravesite of Sharon Tate.
Staying up late and working on the upcoming issue of Dead in Hollywood: Natalie Wood (Issue 8). Tonight’s soundtrack is brought to you by The Ventures. One step beyond the twilight zone… that’s all there is.