Lady Sings the Blues

Lady Sings the Blues

Director: Sidney J. Furie Cast: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor
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Diana Ross surprised the public when she debuted in her first starring film role as Billie Holiday. She not only proved she could sing jazz, but that she had an amazingly natural acting talent. Rumor has it the only reason she didn't take home the best actress Oscar that year was because of the uninvited pressure Berry Gordy put on the academy voters. The film features a sexy Billy Dee Williams, and comic relief Richard Pryor and Scatman Crothers. The entire cast shines. Although Diana doesn't attempt to sound like Billie Holiday, and the film doesn't tell the exact story of her life (she actually had more than one romantic interest, for example), Lady Sings the Blues stands on its own as an engrossing story and one of the best films of the 70s, and showed the potential Diana had to offer as a leading lady. Unfortunately Diana's subsequent films (Mahogany, the Wiz, Out of Darkness and Double Platinum) didn't reach the superior quality of this one, despite their individual value. Now that "Lady" is finally on DVD, the world has a chance to once again re-experience the film's greatness. In addition there are extras, which make it a "must have" even moreso!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great writing, great producing, great directing, great music, great acting. What a classic! Though this was Diana Ross first acting role, she handled it like a pro. She went from a child to an adult. She used a wide range of emotions. Sista girl, worked those addiction scenes like a pro. I believe given the right script, director, producer and cast, Diana Ross would give another stellar performance on the big screen! Miss Ross may I have your autograph, please!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having been an avid fan of Diane's since the release of "Meet The Supremes" in 1962, I think this movie lacked alot of vision and forethought. It was rushed into production by Gordy hoping to cash in on the heighth of Diane's solo career and, wanting to branch out into the movie industry. Other than Diane's supurb singing the film was a total wash. Like the book of the same title, 'Lady' was full of untruths and misconcetions Billie didn't meet McKay for the first time until the early 1950's. Billie's piano man was never murdered while she stood by helplessly. Louis McKay himself was a drug addict,instead of the goodie two shoes we see in the film. If it showed the truth about Holiday, instead of the romantic twiddle we were subjected to, Diane would surly have won the Osacr that year.
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