Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
TUESDAY, February 17 Film and Discussion: "Billie Holiday and Lady Sings the Blues" National Portrait Gallery Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium 8th and F Streets, NW 7:00 PM Free Billie Holiday and Lady Sings the Blues(1972) In celebration of Black History Month, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum for African American History and Culture present Reel Portraits: Billie Holiday and Lady Sings the Blues. Diana Ross, in her film debut, earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the talented, troubled, influential singer Billie Holiday (1915 - 1959). Although the film was commercially successful, it offers an incomplete view of a complicated life. Archivist and poet Reuben Jackson of the National Museum of American History leads a discussion to fill in the blanks.