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.
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!
|Release Date||12 October 1972|
|US Box Office||$10,000,000|
|Tagline||Diana Ross IS Billie Holiday|
|Genre||Biography, Drama, Music, Romance|
|Filming Locations||KEHE Studios - 133 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, California, USABrownstone Street, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA|
|Film Class||Biopic [feature], Musical Drama, Showbiz Drama|
|Themes||Musician's Life, Rags To Riches|
|Tones||Downbeat, Nostalgic, Reflective, Compassionate|