A Pryor Engagement

Lady Sings the Blues

Richard Pryor plays Billie Holiday’s confidant in Motown Productions’ biopic.

Image from Lady Sings the Blues

USA 1972
Dir Sidney J Furie
With Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James Callahan
Certificate 18

Richard Pryor plays Piano Man, Billie Holliday’s (Diana Ross) confidant and collaborator in Motown Productions’ biopic of the troubled genius. This was a personal film for Pryor, who had his own well-publicised struggles with addiction; he flanks a stunning Ross along with Billy Dee Williams, who plays the man she loves.