Lady Sings the Blues Poster

Release Date: 1972

R|2 hr 24 min

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James Callahan, Paul Hampton, Sid Melton, Virginia Capers, Yvonne Fair

Director: Sidney Furie

Genres: Music, Biography

Production Co: Weston Productions, Paramount Pictures, Motown Productions, Jobete Productions, Sidney J. Furie Productions

Keywords: 1950s, 1930s, 1940s, Fall, Transformation, Friend, Brooding, Emotional, Rise, New York City

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Nominated Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1973)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Music (Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score)
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Actress
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Writing (Story and Screenplay - Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced)
Nominated Art Direction