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  • Her Second Husband Was A Mafia Enforcer on Random Unprecedented Rise And Tragic Death Of Billie Holiday

    (#13) Her Second Husband Was A Mafia Enforcer

    Holiday married a man named Louis McKay in Mexico in 1957. She had dated several abusive and drug-addicted men before Louis, and he became yet another man in her life that took advantage of her. There were rumors that he was actually a mafia enforcer, and his intention was to use her name to open a recording studio. They remained married until Holiday died only two years later.

  • She Went To Prison In 1947 For Drug Possesion on Random Unprecedented Rise And Tragic Death Of Billie Holiday

    (#10) She Went To Prison In 1947 For Drug Possesion

    Billie's drug habit had been slowly building up since the early 1940s and came to a breaking point in 1947. She was arrested for possession of narcotics, and requested to be sent to a federal rehabilitation center in Virginia. She stayed for a year and a day, in an attempt to rid herself of the destructive drug habits that were starting to slowly destroy her career.

  • Her Experiences At Reform School Gave Her Nightmares For Years on Random Unprecedented Rise And Tragic Death Of Billie Holiday

    (#3) Her Experiences At Reform School Gave Her Nightmares For Years

    The House of Good Shepard reform school was known for its harsh punishments, for even the smallest of mistakes or misbehavior. Her experience there was traumatic, and left a lasting impression. It took Holiday a while to move past her horrific time spent there; she would wake up from dreams about the school, screaming, for years after she left.

  • Her Cabaret Card Was Revoked on Random Unprecedented Rise And Tragic Death Of Billie Holiday

    (#12) Her Cabaret Card Was Revoked

    After her arrest and subsequent treatment, Billie returned to New York to perform. There was one thing in the way, however - her "Cabaret Card" had been revoked. Because of the drug conviction, she no longer held the license that allowed her to play in venues that served alcohol. 

    She still played in grand venues like Carnegie Hall and toured throughout Europe, but it was always the nightclubs that she had grown up playing that held her heart.

  • Her Autobiography Was Made Into A Movie Starring Diana Ross on Random Unprecedented Rise And Tragic Death Of Billie Holiday

    (#16) Her Autobiography Was Made Into A Movie Starring Diana Ross

    In 1972 Lady Sings the Blues premiered, based on Billie's autobiography of the same name. The film starred Diana Ross as Billie Holiday and went on to gross a little over nine million dollars in North America by 1973, which would be just over $50 million in today's money, while its worldwide box office was closer to $112 million in modern terms. It received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress in a Leading Role for Diana Ross, but unfortunately none of the nominations were won. Despite this, Ross received imense praise for her performance, including a glowing review from Roger Ebert,

    "My first reaction when I learned that Diana Rosshad been cast to play Billie Holiday was a quick and simple one: I didn't think she could do it. I knew she could sing, although not as well as Billie Holiday and certainly not in the same way, but I couldn't imagine Diana Ross reaching the emotional highs and lows of one of the more extreme public lives of our time...

    "All of those thoughts were wiped out of my mind within the first three or four minutes of 'Lady Sings the Blues', and I was left with a feeling of complete confidence in a dramatic performance. This was one of the great performances of 1972."

  • The Death Of Her Mother Escalated Her Drug And Alcohol Problems on Random Unprecedented Rise And Tragic Death Of Billie Holiday

    (#9) The Death Of Her Mother Escalated Her Drug And Alcohol Problems

    The death of her mother, Sadie, in 1945 was a traumatic period in Holiday's life. The pain of her loss drove her even further into the abyss of substance abuse. She had always been a heavy drinker, and had been using heroin for years. Her grief led to the beginning of a steady downward spiral that would hang a cloud over her career for the rest of her life.

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Billie Holiday is an American jazz and swing singer with a career of 26 years. She has had an innovative influence on jazz music and popular songs, and she is known for her voice expression and improvisation skills. Unfortunately, the experience of growing up in poverty and years of drug abuse almost destroyed Billie Holiday’s future.

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