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Billie Holiday (1915–1959)


Billie Holiday was a true artist of her day and rose as a social phenomenon in the 1950s. Her soulful, unique singing voice and her ability to boldly turn any material that she confronted into her own music made her a superstar of her time. Today, Holiday is remembered for her masterpieces, creativity and vivacity, as many of Holiday's songs are ... See full bio »

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 2008-2013 The X Factor (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Auditions 8 (2013) ... (writer: "God Bless the Child" - uncredited)
- Episode #5.15 (2008) ... (writer: "God Bless the Child" - uncredited)
 2013 42 (performer: "Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)")
 2013 Love Comes After (writer: "Don't Explain")
 2013 American Dad! (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Blood Crieth Unto Heaven (2013) ... (performer: "Strange Fruit")
 2013 Broken City (performer: "You Let Me Down")
 2012 Transatlantic Coffee (performer: "The Very Thought of You") / (writer: "Fine and Mellow")
 2012 Duets (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Favorite Standards (2012) ... (writer: "God Bless the Child")
 2012 On the Road (performer: "A Sailboat In The Moonlight") / (writer: "Don't Explain")
 2012 Upstairs Downstairs (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- The Last Waltz (2012) ... (performer: "These Foolish Things" - uncredited)
- A Faraway Country About Which We Know Nothing (2012) ... (performer: "The Very Thought of You" - uncredited)
 2012 Alcatraz (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Paxton Petty (2012) ... (performer: "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)" - uncredited)
 2012 Arbitrage (performer: "Just One More Chance")
 2012 Bomb Girls (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- How You Trust (2012) ... (performer: "I'll Never Be The Same")
 2011 Waiting for a Stranger (Short) (performer: "My Old Flame")
 2011 Page Eight (TV Movie) (performer: "Fine and Mellow" written by nm0390507)
 2011 The Well-Digger's Daughter ("Foolin' Myself")
 2011 If Not Us, Who? (performer: "Don't explain")
  Banda sonora (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2010) (writer - 1 episode, 2010)
- Episode #6.2 (2010) ... (performer: "God Bless the Child") / (writer: "God Bless the Child")
 2010 Dark Buenos Aires (writer: "Don't Explain")
 2010 Gent de paraula (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (2010) ... (performer: "Lover Man")
 2010 A Cat in Paris (performer: "I Wished On The Moon (78 RPM Version)")
 2010 15 Till Midnight (performer: "As Time Goes By (Dub Remix)", "They Can't Take That Away From Me")
 2010 $#*! My Dad Says (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (2010) ... (performer: "But Not For Me" - uncredited)
 2010 True Blood (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- I Got a Right to Sing the Blues (2010) ... (performer: "I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues" - uncredited)
 2009 Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Mandy Is Two", "Trav'lin' Light")
 2009 Land Girls (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Childhood's End (2009) ... (performer: "I'll Be Seeing You" - uncredited)
 2009 Public Enemies (performer: "Love Me or Leave Me" (1928), "The Man I Love" (1924))
 2009 Lost (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- He's Our You (2009) ... (performer: "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" - uncredited)
 2009 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression (Video documentary) (performer: "I've Got Those Lost My Man Blues" - uncredited)
 2009 Watchmen (performer: "You're My Thrill")
 2008 Fallout 3 (Video Game) (performer: "Crazy He Calls Me", "Easy Living")
 2008 Later with Jools Holland (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #31.3 (2008) ... (writer: "God Bless the Child")
 2007 August Rush (writer: "God Bless the Child")
 2007 The War (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- FUBAR: September 1944 - December 1944 (2007) ... (performer: "Pennies from Heaven")
 2007 El resultado del amor (performer: "I'm a fool to want you")
 2007 Saneamento Básico, O Filme (performer: "It Had to Be You")
 2006 The Wire (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Know Your Place (2006) ... (performer: "I Cover the Waterfront")
 2006 The Kovak Box (performer: "Gloomy Sunday")
 2006 The West Wing (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Cold (2006) ... (performer: "Body & Soul")
 2005 Stranded in Canton (Documentary) (performer: "I wished on the moon")
 2005 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) ... (performer: "Strange Fruit")
 2005 Capote (performer: "Sugar (That Sugar Baby o' Mine)" (1926))
 2005 Nynne (performer: "The Man I Love")
 2005 Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Documentary) (performer: "God Bless the Child") / (writer: "God Bless the Child")
  Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (performer - 2 episodes, 2005) (writer - 1 episode, 2005)
- Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton (2005) ... (performer: "Don't Worry 'Bout Me")
- Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) ... (performer: "God Bless the Child") / (writer: "God Bless the Child")
 2005 Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (performer: "Sugar")
 2004 The Notebook (performer: "I'll Be Seeing You" (1937))
 2004 Ae Fond Kiss... (performer: "Strange Fruit")
 2003 Anything Else (performer: "Easy to Love", "The Way You Look Tonight", "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me")
 2003 I Am Woody (Short) (performer: "He's Funny That Way", "Sunny Side of the Street")
 2002 Two Weeks Notice (writer: "God Bless The Child")
 2002 Novo (performer: "It's Easy To Remember", "I Love My Man") / (writer: "I Love My Man")
 2002 Minority Report (performer: "Solitude" (1934))
 2002 Sex and the City (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- A 'Vogue' Idea (2002) ... (performer: "Body and Soul")
 2002 The Laramie Project (TV Movie) (performer: "Let's Dream in the Moonlight")
 2002 Livshunger (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (2002) ... ("DID I REMEMBER")
 2001 Night at the Golden Eagle (performer: "Stormy Blues") / (writer: "Stormy Blues")
 2001 Chelsea Walls (performer: "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" (1934))
 2001 Read My Lips (performer: "The Child") / (writer: "The Child")
 2000 Burnt Money (performer: "Ill Wind")
 1999 Angela's Ashes (performer: "Pennies from Heaven", "I Can't Give You Anything But Love", "Your Mother's Son in Law")
 1999 The Green Mile (performer: "I Can't Give You Anything But Love")
 1999 The Rage: Carrie 2 (performer: "God Bless The Child", "Comes Love") / (writer: "God Bless The Child")
 1998 Celebrity (performer: "Did I Remember (To Tell You I Adore You)" (1936))
 1998 Wrestling with Alligators (performer: "I'll Never Fail You")
 1997 Ulee's Gold (performer: "Sophisticated Lady" - as Billie Holliday)
 1996 The Funeral (performer: "Gloomy Sunday")
 1996 Stealing Beauty (performer: "I'll Be Seeing You")
 1995 Lumière and Company (Documentary) ("Lady Sings the Blues")
 1995 The Affair (TV Movie) (performer: "Strange Fruit")
 1995 Se7en (performer: "I Cover the Waterfront")
 1995 Clueless (performer: "MISS BROWN TO YOU")
 1995 Cafe Society (writer: "Don't Explain" (1944))
 1995 Forget Paris (performer: "Love Is Here To Stay", "For All We Know")
 1995/I Salto al vacío (performer: "All the Way")
 1994 Corrina, Corrina (performer: "PENNIES FROM HEAVEN")
 1994 It Could Happen to You (performer: "They Can't Take That Away from Me")
 1993 Hookers Hustlers Pimps and Their Johns (Documentary) (performer: "Body and Soul")
 1993 Schindler's List (performer: "GOD BLESS THE CHILD") / (writer: "GOD BLESS THE CHILD")
 1993 Rhythm & Jam (TV Mini-Series) (writer: "God Bless The Child")
 1993 The Meteor Man (performer: "Them There Eyes")
 1992 Forever Young (performer: "The Very Thought of You")
 1992 Malcolm X (performer: "Big Stuff")
 1992 Kærlighedens smerte (performer: "You Go to My Head")
 1992 Rich in Love (performer: "I Hear Music")
 1992 Equinox (writer: "LEFT ALONE")
 1991 The Rocketeer (performer: "ANY OLD TIME")
 1991 Sweet Talker (performer: "I Cried for You")
 1991 Switch (performer: "Lover Man")
 1991 The Marrying Man (performer: "YOU CAN'T BE MINE (AND SOMEONE ELSE'S TOO)")
 1991 Guilty by Suspicion (performer: "THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME")
 1990 I Hired a Contract Killer (performer: "Time On My Hands")
 1989 Enemies: A Love Story (performer: "Love Is Here To Stay")
 1989 Valentina (TV Series) (performer - 4 episodes)
- Valentina assassina (1989) ... (performer: "That Ole Devil Called Love")
- Farfalle (1989) ... (performer: "That Old Devil Called Love")
- Jack ama Lulu (1989) ... (performer: "That Ole Devil Called Love")
- Violoncello (1989) ... (performer: "That Ole Devil Called Love")
 1989 Harlem Nights (performer: "Just One More Chance")
 1989 Slaves of New York (performer: "Am I Blue?")
 1988 Torch Song Trilogy (performer: "What's New?", "But Not for Me")
 1988 Rocket Gibraltar (performer: "You Better Go Now", "Don't Explain", "Foolin' Myself") / (writer: "Don't Explain")
 1988 Late Night with David Letterman (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 6 July 1988 (1988) ... (writer: "God Bless the Child")
 1988 Satisfaction (writer: "God Bless the Child")
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Grandpa's Ghost (1986) ... (performer: "Good Morning Heartache" - uncredited)
 1986 Nine 1/2 Weeks (performer: "Strange Fruit")
 1984 Speed (Documentary short) (performer: "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off")
 1982 The Thing (music: "DON'T EXPLAIN") / (performer: "DON'T EXPLAIN")
 1980 Joe Albany... a Jazz Life (Documentary) (writer: "Fine and Mellow")
 1980 Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession (performer: "I'll Be Seeing You", "It's The Same Old Story")
 1979 Diana Ross in Concert! (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Lady Sings The Blues", "God Bless The Child")
 1979 Promises in the Dark (performer: "I'M GONNA LOCK MY HEART AND THROW AWAY THE KEY", "GOD BLESS THE CHILD")
 1978 An Unmarried Woman (performer: "I'm Yours" (1930) - uncredited)
 1975 Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Documentary) (performer: "Saddest Tale (Blues)" (1934))
 1972 Liza with a Z (TV Special) (writer: "God Bless the Child")
  Tony Bennett at the Talk of the Town (TV Mini-Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1972) (music - 1 episode, 1972)
- Episode #1.5 (1972) ... (lyrics: "God Bless the Childl") / (music: "God Bless the Childl")
 1972 Fritz the Cat (performer: "Yesterdays" (1952))
 1970 End of the Road (performer: "Don't Worry 'Bout Me")
 1969 This Is Tom Jones (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.13 (1969) ... (writer: "God Bless the Child")
 1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.21 (1965) ... (writer: "God Bless the Child")
 1962 Eva ("Willow Weep For Me", "Loveless Love")
 1959 M Squad (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Platter Pirates (1959) ... (writer: "Lady Sings the Blues")
- Voluntary Surrender (1959) ... (writer: "Lady Sings the Blues")
 1950 Panic in the Streets (writer: "Fine and Mellow" - uncredited)
 1948 Sombre dimanche (performer: "Sombre Dimanche")
 1947 New Orleans (performer: "(Do You Know What It Means to Miss) New Orleans" (1947), "Farewell to Storyville" (uncredited), "The Blues Are Brewin'" (1947), "Endie" (1947)Music by nm0022746)
 1935 Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life (Short) (performer: "I've Got Those Lost My Man Blues")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Single: "Strange Fruit" (Commodore Records) See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »


Alternate Names:

Billie Holliday

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Trivia:

Billie had no cabaret card and this kept her from working in New York City clubs for the last 12 years of her life. See more »

Trademark:

Gardenia flower in her hair

Nickname:

Lady Day

Star Sign:

Aries

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