“If I were white,” Dandridge explained, “I would capture the world.” Dandridge was born in 1922 to Ruby Dandridge, a performer and aspiring actress.Ruby had left Dorothy’s father five months before, taking her other daughter, Vivian, with her.
Then, in 1960, the first of three terrible family disasters occurred.
Not quite two decades after the release of both films, Power was dead of a heart attack at 44.
His younger daughter, Taryn, was 3 when her parents split, 5 when her father died.
"Johnny could not have been nicer, and Zucco was surprisingly quiet and reserved." Lana Turner, the star of Green Dolphin Street, had taken advantage of any break in filming to fly to Mexico, where her lover Tyrone Power was filming, and though Christian insisted that her own subsequent meeting with Power in Rome was purely accidental, it was widely believed that she heard Turner talk of Power's forthcoming movements and deliberately booked into his hotel, where she struck up his acquaintance by asking for his autograph for her younger sister. "He proposed to me almost immediately." Power had been 20th Century-Fox's top male star for many years and the marriage in Rome in 1949 attracted worldwide publicity, with 8,000 fans outside the church and over a thousand riot police called in to handle the chaos when Christian arrived, 22 minutes late, and the barriers broke.
Christian professed, however, that the marriage did little for her career.