Andra Day Almost Retired After Playing ‘Billie Holiday’

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Andra day Gods has a voice, but her acting has distinguished her as one of the favorites to pick up some major hardware at this year’s Oscars. Playing jazz icon Billy Holiday In Lee daniels’ United States Vs Billy Holiday, Dey’s compelling performance garnered him critical acclaim, including a win Golden Globe For Best Actress. Oddly, Dey thought that his first acting performance would be his last upon completing the film.

United States v. Billy Holiday describes how the undercover sting operation of the Federal Department of Narcotics was a target, led by a lack of a federal agent Jimmy fletcherWith whom he had an affair. The attempt was to silence Holiday by singing his controversial song “Strange Fruit”, which details the lynchings of African Americans. The film explores his struggle with drug addiction, fame, and the fight for American power.

Dey gives a lively portrayal of the highs and lows of Holiday, the greatest and most influential jazz singer of all time. In her first role as the lead actress, Dey earned her Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

Although Dey had more experience in her first role than she bargained for, she would consider jumping back into the game if the right role came to her.

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“The reality is, if I’m agreeing to do the roles, I have to catch him, the way Billy catches me,” she explained. “And I don’t mean I’m being bullied, it means my soul should be called that way. Because he was really a billion.”

United States Vs. Billy Holiday Streaming on Hulu.

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