Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

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Lady Sings the Blues is a 1972 American biographical drama film directed by Sidney J. Furie about jazz singer Billie Holiday loosely based on her 1956 autobiography which, in turn, took its title from one of Holiday's most popular songs. It was produced by Motown Productions for Paramount Pictures. Diana Ross portrayed Holiday, alongside a cast including Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan, and Scatman Crothers.

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The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday. (source:


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Characters appearing in the movie Lady Sings the Blues.

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Full cast list for the movie Lady Sings the Blues.
Billie Holiday

Louis McKay

Piano Man

Reg Hanley

Paul Hampton


Mama Holiday


The Madame

Tracee Lyles
The Prostitute

The Agent

Milton Selzer
The Doctor

Norman Bartold
The Detective #1

Clay Tanner
The Detective #2

The Butler

The Policeman

Paul Micale
The Maitre d'

Michelle Aller
The Singer

Byron Kane
The Announcer

Barbara Minkus
Radio Actress


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List of Lady Sings the Blues quotes.

Mrs. Edson: Ain't it a shame how some of God's children have it so easy, while others have it so hard?

Louis McKay: Pardon me, lady. I must have got you mixed up with someone who used to reside as Missus, um... what's her name?
Billie Holiday: If that's what you thought, nigger, why'd you give me them damn flowers? Why didn't you just give me some money?
Louis McKay: I did.

The Rapist: I see what I want.
(motioning to Billie)
The Rapist: And this is it.
First Madame: Well, you can't always get what you see.
(Pulling him to the door)
First Madame: And since you don't want what you CAN get, you know where you can go. And this is it!


Trailer for the movie Lady Sings the Blues.
Lady Sings the Blues (1972) - Official Movie Trailer

Release Date12 October 1972
US Box Office$10,000,000
TaglineDiana Ross IS Billie Holiday
GenreBiography, Drama, Music, Romance
Filming LocationsKEHE Studios - 133 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, California, USA
Brownstone Street, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA
Sound MixMono
Film TypeFeature
Film ClassBiopic [feature], Musical Drama, Showbiz Drama
ThemesMusician's Life, Rags To Riches
TonesDownbeat, Nostalgic, Reflective, Compassionate

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