Diana Ross Double Feature: Mahogany/Lady Sings the Blues [DVD]

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Synopsis

Mahogany
Directed by Berry Gordy, Jr. as a vehicle for Diana Ross, this film traces the life of a poor girl who makes it in the fashion world, first as a model, then as a designer. After she becomes successful, she deserts her boyfriend and hooks up with a photographer. ~ Erin Demers, Rovi

Lady Sings the Blues
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Diana Ross
    Diana Ross - Tracy/Mahogany
  • Billy Dee Williams
    Billy Dee Williams - Brian
  • Jean-Pierre Aumont
    Jean-Pierre Aumont - Christian Rosetti
  • Beah Richards
    Beah Richards - Florence
  • Nina Foch
    Nina Foch - Miss Evans

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