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
The film deserved to have won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Diana Ross should have won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the movie. The fact that she did not get the Academy Award is most disheartening to me even today. I am curious why you are asking for my review of this film. It was, and still is, the best reenactment of Billie Holiday's life. I wish that I could do something about it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Movie, Hands Down
Owned for 10 months when reviewed.
Hands down best movie ever. Especially because it’s the full movie.