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Biography of Harold Nicholas’ daughter Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas

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Many non-celebrity has been like a celebrity having relatives to celebrity. One of those, Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas was the one who was famous as the daughter of actress, Dorothy Dandridge, and American dancer, Harold Lloyd Nicholas.

Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas was born on 2nd September 1943 and died in 2003. Her star sign was Virgo. She is the daughter of famous African-American actress Dorothy Dandridge and tap dancer Harold Nicholas. She was originally from Los Angeles, California USA, and had African-American nationality.

Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas with her ,mother
Caption: Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas with her mother (Photo: Findagrave)

When Harolyn was born, the doctors discovered that she was mentally challenged due to brain damage suffered. Because of her disease, Harolyn could not make any career.

The celebrity daughter had two aunts, Dorothy Nicholas Morrow and Vivian Dandridge who is an American singer. Her grandparents are Ruby Dandridge & Cyril Dandridge via her mother and Viola Harden & Ulysses Domonick Nicholas via her father.

Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas’s Parents Personal Life

Her parents, Dorothy Jean Dandridge and Harold Nicholas married on September 6, 1942. From their marriage, the couple had an only child as a daughter Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas, born on September 2, 1943. Their daughter was mentally challenged due to brain damage suffered at the time of birth. Unfortunately, after staying together for nine long years, the couple got divorced in October 1951.

Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas's parents
Caption: Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas’s parents (Photo: Pinterest)

After the divorce, Her mother Dorothy married Jack Denison on June 22, 1959. Sadly, her second marriage also couldn’t last long and she separated from his second husband in 1962. Afterward, She also had an affair with director Otto Preminger for four years.

On the other hand, Harold married film producer Rigmor Newman. They stayed together for several years and separated in 2000.

Her Mother Death

Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas’s mother Dorothy Jean Dandridge died in mysterious circumstances in West Hollywood, California. She died on September 8, 1965, and the cause of her death was due to drug overdose.
Regarding her funeral service, it was held on September 12, 1965, at the Little Chapel of the Flowers’. Her ashes were buried in the Freedom Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Who is Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas’s Mother?

Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas’s mother Dorothy Jean Dandridge was an African-American actress, dancer, and as well as singer. She was the first African-American actress to win an ‘Oscars’ nomination for Best Actress for her excellent performance in the film ‘Carmen Jones’ in the year 1954.

Her Career

Dorothy Jean Dandridge started her career at an early age. Her mother used to perform a song and dance alongside her sister Vivian Dandridge and daughter Dorothy naming ‘The Wonder Children’. Dorothy traveled Southern US performing acts scripted by their mother in churches and schools.

Later they were named ‘The Dandridge Sisters’ and have performed for several years at different music events and shows including the posh ‘Cotton Club’ in Harlem, New York. They also performed at the music hall in Harlem, ‘Apollo Theater’ which was a well-known place for American-African performers.

African-American actress,Dorothy Dandridge
Caption: African-American actress, Dorothy Dandridge (Photo: Pinterest)

Dorothy made her film debut with a short comedy film titled ‘Teacher’s Beau’ which released on April 27, 1935.  While she gave many performances as part of ‘The Dandridge Sisters’ in numerous films including ‘It Can’t Last Forever’ (1937), ‘A Day at the Races’ (1937), and ‘Going Places’ (1938).

She also landed the role of Helen Fielding in the film ‘Four Shall Die’ directed by William Beaudine which was released in 1940. Other than appearing in films, Dorothy also featured in a series of soundies like ‘Jig in the Jungle’, ‘Cow, Cow Boogie’ and ‘Paper Doll’ that showcased her talent as an artist in acting and singing.

Who is Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas’s Father?

Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas’s father Harold Nicholas was an American dancer specializing in the tap. He was the younger half of the tap-dancing pair along with his elder brother Fayard Nicholas.

They are also known as the Nicholas Brothers as the two of the world’s greatest tap dancers. In the year 1991, the brothers also appeared at The Five Heartbeats.

His Career

Harold Nicholas started his career at the early age of nine. He debuted at Cotton Club, the famous nightclub in New York City. During that time, the Nicholas brothers were spotted by the Hollywood giant Samuel Goldwyn.  In the year 1934, Goldwyn gave them a chance in the film Kid Millions and the film became famous for the use of three-strip Technicolor.

He then began to appear in Twentieth Century Fox musicals along with his brother. At that time, he became famous for his cartwheel landing in full splits.

Harold Nicholas with his brother
Caption: Harold Nicholas with his brother (Photo: Pinterest)

After that, Harolds and his brother appeared in numerous films such as Down Argentine Way, Sun Valley Serenade and Take It or Leave It. Their last appearance together was in the MGM classic The Pirate alongside Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. In 1936, the brothers debuted on Broadway from the series titled Ziegfeld Follies.

Afterward, they worked on many television shows. In the 1980s, Harold appeared in the hit Broadway musical show The Tap Dance Kid. The Nicholas brothers were also the champions of the Harlem Renaissance. Together they also featured and danced along with other white co-stars in many films.

Further, Harold appeared in numerous films in the 80s and 90s which include The Pirate, Tin Pan Alley, Tap, Reckless Age, Carolina Blues, Orchestra Wives, and many more.

Facts of Biography of Harold Nicholas’ daughter Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas

Full NameHarolyn Suzanne Nicholas
Date Of Birth2nd September 1943
Age 78 years 10 months
Place Of BirthLos Angeles, California USA
ParentsDorothy Jean Dandridge, Harold Nicholas
Star SignVirgo


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