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Burn Hollywood Burn: The return of City Paper's fake Oscars, the Alties

Burn Hollywood Burn: The return of City Paper's fake Oscars, the Alties

Back in the early '60s, Dorothy Dandridge, the first African-American actress nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress (1954 for "Carmen Jones"), was set to play Cleopatra in the big-budget epic of the same name. The director of the project was Rouben Mamoulian, an Armenian-American worker-bee movie director and theater veteran who had helmed a number of movies but had previously been booted off "Porgy and Bess"—a movie that, by the way, probably would've been made with whites in blackface if not for the strident Gershwin estate holding off on approving earlier attempts to make the movie. Mamoulian would resign from "Cleopatra"...

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