Since wifi connection is being a bitch last night, I decided to watch Lady Sings the Blues which stars Diana Ross. It depicts the life of the legendary jazz singer, Billie Holiday. She rose to fame singing in a caberet in New York and fell in the hands of morphine use, rose to fame again for conquering Carnegie Hall, only to fall back in the hands of the wicked drug and ultimately claimed her life at the age of 44.
Ms. Ross’ performance was splendid. Her portrayal of Mrs. Holiday brought the movie altogether. The kind of performance she delivered was expected from an experienced actress, Ms. Ross, on the other hand, was just starting as an actress then, and her performance is truly magnificent. If it wasn’t for her the movie could have been just another film and this was proved by an Academy nomination. It tackled a lot of issues during the 19th century like prostitution, drugs, and color. She could have won, in my opinion, if it weren’t too hollywood-fied.
I will always remember Billie Holiday for the unique mixture of both strength and pain that only her, half a century after, can do.