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Legends of Black History: Diana Ross as Billie Holiday [Art 101]

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the legends of Black history. Here we honor Diana Ross’ tear-jerking portrayal of late legendary singer Billie Holiday in ‘Lady Sings the Blues’!

Sharing the title with Holiday’s 1956 album and autobiography of the same name, ‘Lady Sings the Blues’ has been striking heartstring chords for nearly 35 years.

Holiday is such a beloved singer with an admirably beautiful voice and song catalog, we’ve learned it’s hard for audiences to keep themselves straight while watching her troubled life unfold. It was overwhelmed with one too many unattractive wrinkles.

Holiday endured rape, sexism, racism, jealously, legal battles and drug abuse on her tragic journey into music history.  Canadian director Sidney J. Furie brought real air to Holiday’s atmosphere, but it was Ross who took audience’s breath away.

The cover art for the film suggests “Diana Ross IS Billie Holiday.” The former Supremes lead singer brought not just star power to the role, but unequivocal honesty. Academy Awards voters believed it enough to nominate Ross for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. |

[Art (noun): 1. the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. 2. the various branches of creative activity.]

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