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Tom Kelley
Tom Kelley : Dorothy Dandridge

1950's (printed later)

$3,000

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Tom Kelley Dorothy Dandridge on the microphone c. 1950's C print 28 x 22 inches Edition of 50 Photographs are printed on Archival Hahnemühle paper (luster) estate signed and numbered in the border Dorothy Jean Dandridge (November 9, 1922 – September 8, 1965) was an American actress, singer, and dancer. She is the first African-American film star to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, which was for her performance in Carmen Jones (1954).[Dandridge performed as a vocalist in venues such as the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater. During her early career, she performed as a part of The Wonder Children, later The Dandridge Sisters, and appeared in a succession of films, usually in uncredited roles. In 1959, Dandridge was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Porgy and Bess. She is the subject of the 1999 HBO biographical film, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. She has been recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Dandridge was married and divorced twice, first to dancer Harold Nicholas (the father of her daughter, Harolyn Suzanne) and then to hotel owner Jack Denison. Dandridge died under mysterious circumstances at age 42. Tom Kelley’s interesting career spans more than four decades: first started as an apprentice in a New York photo studio that catered to the city's upper 400 (i.e. photographing the Vanderbilts, the Astors, the Harrimans, the Morgans, etc.). One of his biggest spot news assignments was covering the Lindbergh kidnapping case. Coming to California, Kelley was retained to photograph the stars created by David 0. Selznick and Samuel Goldwyn including Ingrid Bergman. A few of his other most famous subjects have been Gary Cooper, Greta Garbo, James Cagney, Clark Gable, Winston Churchill, Bob Hope, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Jack Benny, John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Franklin D. Roosevelt and, of course, Marilyn Monroe, with and without clothes. His easiest photo subject? Clark Gable. His toughest? Joan Bennett. Following a long and profitable career helping to publicize motion picture personalities, he drifted the commercial advertising/photography field where he has remained as one of the leading exponents in the business. Of course, his most famous image was of Marilyn Monroe nude. It brought Kelly untold fame and proved to be the catalyst in the sexual revolution. His son, Tom Kelley, Jr., nows run his father's Archives.

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  • Creator
    Tom Kelley (1914 - 1984)
  • Creation Year
    1950's (printed later)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Width: 22 in. (55.88 cm)
  • More Editions & Sizes
    16 x 20 inches Ed 50Price: $2,65022 x 28 inches Ed 45Price: $3,00030 x 38 inches Ed 25Price: $4,000
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  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: More work by Tom Kelley available at IFAC Arts1stDibs: LU3268128922

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