Jazz

Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday

Masters of American Music

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Cast

Billie Holiday
Harry "Sweets" Edison
Annie Ross
Mal Waldron
Carmen McRae
Buck Clayton
Milt Gabler
Albert Murray
Ruby Dee — Narrator

Program notes

Most presentations of Billie Holiday, whether in picture or in word, feature Billie as the sad victim of hard times and hard drugs; the black woman wailing the autobiographical blues as she's driven down to pathetic ruin. With such a stark outline of her career, small wonder that she is remembered more for her sensational exploits (several of the best-known of which are outright fictions) than for the single fact of her life that matters above all others: That she was a great artist who, along with Louis Armstrong, invented modern jazz singing.

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Directed by:
Matthew Seig
Production date: 1990
Production: © Multiprises, LLC

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Friday, April 30, 2027