Merle Dandridge Husband, Parents, Height, Ethnicity

By Neelam Pandey | On: 28 Jul, 2019
Merle Dandridge Husband, Parents, Height, Ethnicity

Quick Information

Date of Birth 1975-05-31
Nationality American, Japanese
Profession Actress, Singer
Marital Status Single
Husband/Spouse Christopher Johnston (M. 2011-2019)
Ethnicity Mixed
Net Worth N/A
Height 5 Feet and 8 Inches
Education Chicago College of Performing Arts, Papillion-La Vista High School, The Theatre Conservatory of Chicago College of Performing Arts
Parents Andrew Dandridge (Father)

After certifying from Papillion-La Vista Senior High School, Merle Dandridge attended the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University on a full-ride scholarship and graduated with a BFA in Theatre in 1997.

From there, she started her acting career with the Chicago theatre production. There, she starred as ‘The Lady of the Lake’ in the Spamalot, ‘Aida’ in Aida, ‘Kala’ in Tarzan, ‘Joanne’ in Rent, and a few more.

The Broadway star toured all over the United States and also Europe for incredible five times.

Her love for the theatre and drama is evident by her regular appearance at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, and the Pasadena Playhouse.

Today, Merle has made a promising presence in the industry with her commendable portrayals.

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The television star, who stands to a height of 5 feet and 8 inches (1.73 meters), plays a lead role of ‘Grace Greenleaf’ in the Oprah Winfrey’s popular hit, Greenleaf, which centers on the scandals and secrets of an affluent African-American family in Memphis as they operate a megachurch.

Wedding To Divorce Details With Husband 

The TV drama queen wrapped herself in some real-life drama as she filed for divorce on 20 June 2018.

If everything went well, this would conclude her sever-year of marriage to her husband, Christopher Johnston.

The estranged couple exchanged their wedding vows in 2011 in Los Angeles. And they do not have any children together who could play a significant role at the very moment.

Merle Dandridge with her ex-husband, Christopher Johnston when things were right between them (Photo:

In an interview, Merle cited that the irreconcilable differences were the reason for their parting. She further added that they would be working out the spousal support issues through mediation. 

As of now, the officially single actor is yet to update on the solo phase of her life, and how long she wishes to continue on it. She might take some time off on her own before she involves herself in dating again. 

Merle Dandridge Age, Parents

Merle, age 44, was born in Okinawa, Japan, but most of her time in Asia was spent in Seoul. Her mother is half Japanese and Korean.

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The two cultures her mother belonged to never accepted her entirely. Thus, having gone through a kind of rejection, she made sure that her daughter accepted her true self, not allowing something like family descent lessen her worth.

Merle has older siblings who are mostly Korean, and one-fourth of Japanese as her mother’s first marriage was to a Korean man.

She embraces a part mixed-Asian ethnicity from her mother and the next part of African-American ethnicity from her father, who served in the U.S. Air force.

His father, Andrew Dandridge was a native of Memphis, Tennessee. Beyond this, Merle keeps her personal life, mostly her early life with her parents under the cover.