Dorothy Jean Dandridge with her daughter Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas
Dorothy Jean Dandridge with her daughter Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas: Image Source

Hardly will you find anyone who remembers that Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas is the love child of Dorothy Jean Dandridge and Harold Nicholas. Her parents were African-American performers who excelled in their respective fields, writing their name permanently in history’s ink for the achievements they accomplished and the ceilings they broke to stake their claim and talents in the show business industry.

Her mother Dorothy, was a renowned singer, dancer, theatre and film actress, one of the most famous of her day. She not only enjoyed a thriving career in Hollywood at a time when racism and segregation were still at a high, but she became the first black woman in history to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her dazzling performance in Carmen Jones (1954).

Her father, Harold was also a game changer. He is considered one of the best dancers who have ever lived, and he belonged to one of the most famous two-man dance duos in the world, along with his brother Fayard. The brothers were veritable celebrities best known for their electrifying tap dancing abilities. They practically paved the way for other colored performers to come including Dellie Allen and the moonwalking superstar Michael Jackson. Harold and his brother performed in numerous shows, films, musicals, and other prestigious events.

Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas – Bio

Harolyn was born on September 2, 1943, in Los Angeles, California, to the famous actress Dorothy Dandridge, and the superstar dancer Harold Nicholas. Nicholas had the misfortune of being born brain damaged. She suffered from a condition known as cerebral anoxia which affected her cognitive abilities and other functions. Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas was unable to speak until she was four years old, and she wasn’t able to communicate or recognize people, not even her parents.

Her mother blamed herself for Harolyn’s condition because she delayed giving birth so as to allow Harold to get to the hospital in time for the delivery, but it was later proven that Harolyn’s illness was as a result of the surgical instruments that were used for the birth which cut off the supply of oxygen to a part of her brain.

Despite her sickness, Harolyn still tried to find some joy in life. She was a happy and fun child. Her mother tried to do everything she could to make her daughter better and give her a more comfortable life. She spent thousands of dollars on doctors and specialists, but all her efforts proved abortive. The challenge of raising a child like Harolyn complicated her parent’s marriage. Her father was barely present during her formative years and he eventually abandoned his family and divorced Dorothy.

Eventually, Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas had to be admitted into a private care institution because taking care of her became too difficult and took too much time away from her career and other endeavors. At the moment, it is unclear whether Harolyn is alive or dead. However, if she is still living, she would be a septuagenarian. No one has provided any concrete or conclusive information about the child of the iconic African-American performer.

Facts About Harold Nicholas’ Daughter

Her Family

Dorothy Jean Dandridge and Harold Nicholas
Dorothy Jean Dandridge and Harold Nicholas: Image Source

Dorothy Dandridge and Harold Nicholas, Harolyn’s parents met in 1938 in Harlem, while they were both hanging out at the Cotton Club. The couple got married on September 6, 1942, and shortly after they welcomed their first and only child together, Harolyn. However, their marriage only lasted nine years before Harold completely abdicated his responsibilities to his family and divorced his actress wife.

Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas’s mother, the iconic actress was found naked and dead in her apartment by her manager on September 8, 1965. Autopsy reports later revealed that Dorothy had died from an accidental drug overdose, while another revealed that she died from a fat embolism. Her father, Harold, on the other hand, died several decades later from heart failure on July 3, 2000.

What’s Her Net Worth?

Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas comes from a long line of successful and talented people. Her progenitors have a strong heritage that’s firmly rooted in show business, although she was unable to pursue a career of her own because of her disability. As a result, there is no information about Harolyn’s net value, but it is probably at the very low end of the scale.

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Quick Facts to Know 

1. Her father was a deadbeat dad for most of her life and he took no interest in her life or in caring for her.

2. Harolyn Nicholas had to become a ward of the State of California after her mother went bankrupt and could no longer take care of her so she relinquished all parental rights.

3. There have been some rumors that Harolyn passed away in 2003, and some others have suggested that she is still alive and living in a mental health facility in the state of California, but neither claims have been substantiated.

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