Born on March 26th, 1944
From Detroit, Michigan
Paulie Cooper (Diana Ross) is a promising medical student who becomes afflicted with severe paranoid schizophrenia. For 17 years, Paulie struggles with the condition, being hospitalized dozens of times, exhausting the efforts of her mother (Ann Weldon) to keep her healthy and safe. Finally, an experimental drug is able to bring Paulie back from the precipice of insanity, but, as she returns to her medical studies, she is confronted by people's fears and prejudices regarding her illness.
Pop star Diana Ross portrays legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in this biographical drama. Beginning with Holiday's traumatic youth, the film depicts her early attempts at a singing career and her eventual rise to stardom, as well as her difficult relationship with Louis McKay (Billy Dee Williams), her boyfriend and manager. Casting a shadow over even Holiday's brightest moments is the vocalist's severe drug addiction, which threatens to end both her career and her life.