Key Cast: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James Callahan, Paul Hampton
Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Music
"God Bless the Child" by Diana Ross
"Lady Sings the Blues" stars Diana Ross as the late jazz great, Billie Holiday. Nicknamed, "Lady Day", Billie Holiday was a highly-gifted jazz singer who has become one of the most significant figures in the history of jazz music.
Produced by Motown, this movie provides a stirring and moving account of Billie Holiday's life. An early 1930s jazz sensation, Billie Holiday's life took a treacherous downward spiral after she became hooked on heroine and opium in the 1940s.
"Lady Sings the Blues" won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture and was nominated for five Academy Awards, including a Best Actess Nomination for Diana Ross.
Also starring Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor, this movie showcases a great selection of Billie Holiday songs.
"Lady Sings the Blues" is based on the autobiographical book of the same name written by Billie Holiday. The book "Lady Sings the Blues" was released in 1956, which was just three years prior to her death. (For purchase information for the book, please see below.)
∙ "Lady Sings the Blues" was the first feature film that Motown Productions produced and it was a strong debut for the company into the film industry. Motown Productions successfully went on to produce more top-notch African-American films. They include these Top 100 BlackClassicMovies.com films:Mahogany (1975), The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings (1976) and The Wiz (1978).
∙ "Lady Sings the Blues" was Diana Ross’s first feature film. Diana Ross went on to also star in Mahogany (1975) and The Wiz (1978) which are two other Top 100 BlackClassicMovies.com films.
∙ Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams had an excellent screen chemistry in the films that they starred in together. Unfortunately, they only did two movies together. They were this one, "Lady Sings the Blues", and "Mahogany".
∙ Won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture
∙ Nominated for five 1973 Academy Awards: Best Actress (Diana Ross), Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Music (Gil Askey) and Best Writing, Screenplay (Suzanne De Passe, Terrence McCloy, Chris Clark)
∙ Diana Ross won a 1973 Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female.
∙ Nominated for two additional 1973 Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture Actress (Diana Ross) and Best Original Score (Michael Legrand)
∙ Won 2006 Black Movie Awards Classic Cinema Hall of Fame
This film was produced by Motown and is based
on Billie Holiday's own autobiography that she
wrote in 1956.
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"Lady Sings the Blues" Movie Poster
Lady Sings the Blues Movie Posters
Buy Lady Sings the Blues movie posters. You can also purchase "collectible quality" "Lady Sings the Blues" movie posters.
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Billie Holiday Book - "Lady Sings the Blues"
"Lady Sings the Blues" by Billie Holiday
In this tell-all book, Billie Holiday shares her entire life story
beginning with her childhood in Baltimore, Maryland.
Born as Eleanora Fagan in 1915, Billie Holiday rose to
music fame during a time of deep racism in the United States.
She only lived to be 44 years old, but she made a mark
on jazz music that is unmatched to this day.
In this book, "Lady Sings the Blues", Billie Holiday tells her
own life story. Released in 1956, this book came out just
three years prior to her death.
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"Lady Sings the Blues" Movie Soundtrack
Lady Sings the Blues Movie Soundtrack
The Lady Sings the Blues movie soundtrack features Diana Ross
singing Billie Holiday songs.
The "Lady Sings the Blues" movie soundtrack contains 35 Billie Holiday
songs including some of Billie Holiday's most famous songs -
"God Bless the Child" and "Lover Man".