Lady Sings the Blues

Lady Sings the Blues

Diana Ross
Director: Sidney J. Furie Cast: Diana Ross
Diana Ross
, Billy Dee Williams
Billy Dee Williams
, Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor
Sidney J. Furie

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Diana Ross plays the magnificent, tragic song stylist Billie Holiday, who while writhing in a strait jacket in a prison cell, awaiting sentencing on drug charges, reflects on her turbulent life. Raped in her youth by a drunk (Adolph Caesar), then compelled to work as a domestic in a Harlem whorehouse, Holliday is encouraged to try for a singing career by the bordello's pianist (Richard Pryor). She rises as high as it is possible to go in the white-dominated show business world of the 1930s, but can't handle the pressure and turns to narcotics. The film takes several liberties with the 44-year existence of "Lady Day." Among the Billie Holiday standards performed by Ross are "My Man," "I Cried for You," "Lover Man," "Them There Eyes," and the title song.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2017
UPC: 0032429257369
Original Release: 1972
Rating: R
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:23:00
Sales rank: 16,803

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Diana Ross Billie Holiday
Billy Dee Williams Louis McKay
Richard Pryor Piano Man
James Callahan Reg
Paul Hampton Harry
Tracee Lyles Whore
Sid Melton Jerry
Michelle Aller Actor
Larry Duran Actor
Jester Hairston Actor
Lynn Hamilton Actor
Byron Kane Actor
Bert Kramer Actor
Helen Lewis Actor
Don McGovern Actor
Barbara Minkus Actor
Dick Poston Actor
Milton Selzer The Doctor
Clay Tanner Actor
Charles Woolf Actor
George Wyner Actor
Denise Denise Actor
Paul Micale Actor
Kay Lewis Actor
Ernie Robinson Actor
Virginia Capers Mama Holiday
Yvonne Fair Yvonne
Scatman Crothers Big Ben
Harry Caesar Rapist
Robert L. Gordy Hawk
Ned Glass Agent
Paulene Myers Mrs. Edson
Isabel Sanford Madame
Norman Bartold Detective

Technical Credits
Sidney J. Furie Director
Ray Aghayan Costumes/Costume Designer
Reg Allen Set Decoration/Design
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Carl Anderson Production Designer
Gil Askey Score Composer
Chris Clark Screenwriter
Suzanne De Passe Screenwriter
David Dockendorf Sound/Sound Designer
Berry Gordy Producer
Norma Koch Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Mackie Costumes/Costume Designer
Terence McCloy Screenwriter
Michel Legrand Score Composer
Argyle Nelson Editor
Don Schoenfeld Makeup
Charles C. Washburn Asst. Director
Jay Weston Producer
James S. White Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lady Sings the Blues
1. Eleanora
2. An Unwelcome Encounter
3. Lorraine's Boardinghouse
4. Two Dollars for Ten Minutes Work
5. Billie Holiday's My Name
6. Nightclub Debut
7. Mr. Louis McKay
8. Harry and Reg
9. On the Road
10. Southern Hospitality
11. Hooked
12. Sunray Soap Presents
13. Trying to Score
14. Kill for It
15. The Duchess Is Gone
16. Getting Clean
17. Welcome Home
18. Cross Country Tour
19. Piano Man's Connection
20. Going Home

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