Dorothy Dandridge and Alain Delon photographed while filming Marco Polo in Belgrade, Serbia (1962). As I discussed in a recent post, there were numerous financial setbacks during the filming. In the spring of 1962, Time magazine reported that the film was finally finished but uneditable. The film was eventually completed by another director and production company in 1965, and released as Marco the Magnificent. Unfortunately, that version does not include Dorothy Dandridge. Raoul Levy died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1966, and it is unknown as to what happened to the film’s original footage.
In 1962, Diahann Carroll won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in No Strings.
In early 1944, Dorothy Dandridge appeared in the all black musical revue Sweet ‘n’ Hot. This revue opened at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles. This provided young Dottie an opportunity to work with Mabel Scott, Marie Bryant, comics Miller and Lee, dancer Freddie Gordon, and emcee Leonard Reed.