Merle Dandridge had a second dog named Winnie. Sadly, Winnie passed away in March 2022. Dandridge posted this tribute to Winnie on her Instagram, “Sleep well, my precious baby. You fought hard. Mommy’s unquantifiable anguish is only eased by knowing you’re no longer in pain. And as I sang you to sleep when you decided to go…
“Rest your head close to my heart
Never to part
Baby of mine…”
Till we see each other again, Mommy loves you. Good girl, Winnie.”
Merle Dandridge is an American actress and singer, best known for her roles in the Broadway musicals Rent and Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as her portrayal of Grace Greenleaf in the Oprah Winfrey Network series Greenleaf. She has also starred in numerous film and television projects, including Black Panther, Sleepless, The Following, Sons of Anarchy, The Night Shift, The Flight Attendant, Station 19, and CSI: Miami. Dandridge has been nominated and won multiple awards including the 2013 Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut, the 2015 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Actress, and the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. In 2023, she had a leading role in the HBO series The Last of Us, which stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey.