Lady Sings the Blues
Don’t miss this special 50th anniversary presentation of Lady Sings the Blues, featuring Diana Ross in her Oscar-nominated film debut as legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday, part of The Loft Cinema’s Golden 50th Anniversary celebration!
In her Oscar-nominated film debut, iconic pop star Diana Ross portrays legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday with stunning emotional power. Loosely based on Holiday’s 1956 autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues traces the singer’s rise from Harlem brothel worker to Carnegie Hall headliner, as well as her tumultuous relationship with boyfriend/manager Louis McKay (Billy Dee Williams) and fellow troubled musician Piano Man (Richard Pryor). Through all the triumphs and tragedies, Holiday wages a battle with inner demons which threaten to end both her career and her life. Filled with the greatest songs of the incomparable “Lady Day,” this gripping film biography became one of the biggest box-office hits of 1972 and garnered five Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress (Ross) and Best Original Screenplay. (Dir. by Sidney J. Furie, 1972, USA, 144 mins., Rated R)