Naysayers were doubtful that Diana Ross could pull off playing Billie Holiday for her feature film debut in Lady Sings the Blues because the two did not share the same physical type. But Ross proved otherwise in her gritty, desperate and exposed depiction of Holiday. This star-making vehicle ended up earning Ross a Best Actress Academy Award nomination. But for the strongest film performance in her career, Ross should have brought home the gold.
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