To prepare for her role as Bess in the film Porgy and Bess, Dorothy Dandridge began an exercise routine with Swiss physical culturists, Walter Saxer. At 6am in the exercise studio inside of Dottie’s home, Mr. Saxer put her through vigorous aerobic motions and routines, using hoops, sticks, and rowing motions to help her develop swanlike body movements. Dorothy Dandridge’s character of Bess would not move like a streetwalker.
Frances Goldwyn, wife of producer Samuel Goldwyn, was impressed by Dottie’s attention to keeping physically fit as well as her physical poise. "A beautiful Negro woman carries herself better than the Caucasian does, and this we can afford to learn. I had never known a girl who took care of herself the way Miss Dandridge does.”
I usually don’t do things like this but I felt this was the best way to pay tribute to my dear friend. August 19th will be 1 year since my friend Lee Thompson Young made his transition and to this day it is one of the hardest loses I’ve ever had to deal with. I was talking to his family recently and asked about the say “it” happened and still couldn’t wrap my mind around the whole situation. Then I saw a video of his funeral and didn’t recognize him. Still hard to even grasp. Growing up the only child and not hanging a good relationship with my parents I was pretty much alone a lot of the time. My close friends were my family, including Lee. He helped me so much when I decided to go into acting and was always there when I needed advice. One of the worst things about his passing was having someone who I was close with name Kwazi Henderson (@toky0_martian) disrespect my friend and make fun of the fact that I had all my friends had died. “You don’t have anymore friends right”. “They’re all gone right” was what this individual would tell me, among other things. This kind of evil I went through almost through me over the edge. But I still pressed on. I will continue to keep Lee with me wherever I go. Hope you’re resting easy my friend. Love, T.