Her stuck moment: When Motown announced that Ross would play Billie Holiday in an upcoming film, critics ridiculed the casting, claiming Ross and Holiday were “miles apart.”
She imagines success: To close the divide, Ross steeped herself in all things Holiday, from music to drug clinics. And she decided to focus on Holiday’s vocal phrasings rather than trying to imitate her voice.
Unstuck result: “Lady Sings the Blues” was a major success. Ross was nominated for an Academy award and won a Golden Globe.
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