Dorothy Dandridge was nominated for a Bes...more
Bizet's Carmen is recast with an African-American cast featuring Dorothy Dandridge as Carmen and Harry Belafonte, the soldier whom she leads astray. Uses Bizet's score, but Oscar Hammerstein II (!) created a whole new libretto appropriate to the setting. Dorothy Dandridge was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role, the first African-American woman so honored. Fellow Clevelander Halle Berry championed her cause.