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Lady Sings the Blues is a 1972 biographical film which tells the story of blues singer Billie Holliday. The movie stars Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan and Scatman Crothers. 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... For the emotional state, see Depression (mood). ... Billie Holiday photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1949 Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 - July 17, 1959), also called Lady Day is generally considered one of the greatest jazz singers of all time. ... Diana Ross on the cover of her collection Diana Ross: The Ultimate Collection Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross [1] on March 26, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan) is an African-American soul, R&B and pop singer and actress. ... Billy Dee Williams (b. ... Richard Pryor Richard Franklin Lenox Thomas Pryor (born December 1, 1940 in Peoria, Illinois) is an American comedian and actor. ... Scatman Crothers Scatman Crothers, original name: Benjamin Sherman Crothers (May 23, 1910 – November 22, 1986) He was an actor, singer, dancer, and musician. ...

The movie was adapted by Chris Clark, Suzanne De Passe and Terence McCloy from the book by William Dufty and Billie Holiday. It was directed by Sidney J. Furie. Categories: Possible copyright violations ... Suzanne de Passe (born in 1948 in New York City, New York) is an African-American entertainment executive; the CEO of television production company de Passe Entertainment. ... William Francis Dufty. ...

It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Diana Ross), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced. Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Academy Award for Best Actress is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Awards are the oldest awards ceremony for achievements in motion pictures. ... This Academy Award was first given for movies made in 1948 when separate awards were given for black-and-white and color movies. ... From Rule Sixteen of the Special Rules for The Music Awards Original Score: An original score is a substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ...

Diana Ross had a successful soundtrack album of Holliday songs which accompanied the movie. See Lady Sings the Blues (album). Generally speaking, the term soundtrack refers to the recorded sound in a motion picture. ...

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Billie Holiday's bio, 'Lady Sings the Blues,' may be full of lies, but it gets at jazz great's core (2399 words)
It was a ghastly end for a woman whose subtle artistry, with its rhythmic freedom and bare emotion, changed the sound of jazz and pop singing, and continues to seduce and move people who listen to her records.
She began singing in Harlem speakeasies and nightclubs such as Monette's Supper Club, where she was heard by John Hammond, the young Vanderbilt heir who loved fl music and became a much-respected talent scout and record producer.
It was Holiday's ability to sing like an instrumentalist, reshaping melodies with unexpected notes, varying her tone colors, stretching and clipping syllables and phrases, that drew musicians to her and made old songs sound new.
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