Highly rare vintage 4 x 5.75-inch black and white portrait, boldly signed in black fountain pen in the 1950s. In good condition, with a minor crease to one corner tip. Gorgeous singer and film star Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American to be nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award, for Carmen Jones in 1954. Five years later, she earned further accolades for her title role in the film adaptation of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess (1959). Dandridge committed suicide by an overdose of antidepressants at age 42 and her autograph is elusive in any format.