Dorothy Dandridge, -- Dorothy Jean Dandridge was an African-American film and theatre actress, singer and dancer. She is perhaps best known for being the first black actress to be nominated for an Academy Award
Jet magazine, March 10, 1955 — Dorothy Dandridge's Oscar nomination for Carmen Jones (1954). Dandridge was only the third African American to receive a nomination in any category, and the first to be nominated for Best Actress. Grace Kelly won that year for The Country Girl. It would take another 46 years before an African American would win Best Actress (Halle Berry in 2001's Monster's Ball).