40 Facts About The Tragic Life of Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge’s father, Cyril. Pinterest.

39. Her Father, A Baptist Minister, Left the Family

Unlike her aspiring actress mother, Dorothy’s father, Cyril Dandridge, was a very traditional man. He was a Baptist minister and cabinetmaker by trade. The couple separated while Ruby was pregnant with Dorothy, with Cyril leaving the family shortly before her birth. The financial strain of being a single parent led Ruby to create a singing and dancing act with her children.