Thursday, February 18, 2010
Lady Sings The Blues
I was delighted when Lady Sings The Blues
came on TCM. I haven't seen it in years,
it's been on my list for movies to see again.
It's a memorable film for many reasons. It
marks the film debut of Diana Ross. She is
simply wonderful in this movie. She's
beautiful, soulful, vulnerable,
glamorous as Billie.
Lady Sings The Blues as a story is not
totally accurate on Lady Day's life.
That film still needs to be made. The
strength of Lady Sings The Blues is to
me not only Billie's music throught
out, the love between Billie Holiday
(Diana Ross)and Louis McKay (Billy Dee
Williams). Diana and Billy Dee light up
the screen together. Which is why
they were reteamed together in 1975
When Diana Ross first sees Billy Dee
and goes wow! So did I!! The man is
gorgeous. I was drooling. That smile,
that walk and that voice. Billy Dee
oozes charm, heart and passion.
I can go and on. I'm sure you all get
the point. An extra treat, is Richard
Pryor as The Piano Man. He did amazing
job in his role, too. There is also
appearances by Scatman Crothers and
Isabel Sandford right before her
Of course, here is a trailer for you:
Here is some Oscar Trivia: Lady Sings The
Blues was nominated for five Oscars.
Diana receiving a nomination for Best
Actress in 1972 along with Cicely Tyson
for Best Actress for Sounder in the same
Do yourself a favor, enjoy two hours
with Diana Ross and Billy Dee. You'll
get swept away too.