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The United States vs Billie Holiday - Variety Streaming Room

The collaboration between first-time actor Andra Day and director Lee Daniels in 'The United States vs Billie Holiday' resulted in a screen-ready, dynamic depiction of the jazz legend. The two bonded over a screening of Diana Ross’ performance in “Lady Sings the Blues.” Daniels says “Lady Sings the Blues” inspired him to become a filmmaker, described that movie as one that “Black America needed at that time. We needed to see two beautiful Black people in love.” Almost 50 years later, Lee sees his film as filling a gap in Holiday’s legend.
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