Lady Sings the Blues | Chicago Reader

Lady Sings the Blues

The Billie Holiday story adapted as a star vehicle for Diana Ross, who sings well but hardly in the Holiday manner. The director, Sidney J. Furie, never again seemed so adept or comfortable with genre material: this 1972 showbiz bio hits all of the high points of the formula with some measure of precision. Clearly, it's an affront to Holiday's art, but just as clearly, it's a good piece of low entertainment. With Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor, in his first important part.

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