Lady Sings the Blues was the first Billy Dee Williams film that officially christened him a matinee heartthrob for the masses. Biographers debate the nobility of Billie Holiday’s husband Louis McKay, but Williams took the high road in his performance. Portraying him as a sensitive, loving, patient yet tortured spouse of an addict, Williams added layers of richness to the depiction of Black men in film. And he looked breathtakingly handsome doing it.
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