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‘United States vs. Billie Holiday’ Trailer: Andra Day Makes Her Movie Star Debut in Lee Daniels’ Biopic

‘United States vs. Billie Holiday’ Trailer: Andra Day Makes Her Movie Star Debut in Lee Daniels’ Biopic

Jazz singer Billie Holiday endured lots of tragedy in her short four decades of life. Holiday’s torturous relationship to alcohol and drugs landed her in the crosshairs of the Federal Bureau of Investigation as early as 1939, which resulted in a pivotal trial in 1947 that all but tanked her career. The political undercurrents of her music, including her version of the lynching ballad “Strange Fruit,” also made her vulnerable to authorities at the time. That stormy period of Lady Day’s tragic life is the subject of Lee Daniels’ upcoming biographical drama “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” starring actress and Grammy-nominated singer Andra Day in the title role.

While originally a release set up at Paramount Pictures for February 2021, the studio sold the rights to the film to streamer Hulu in December. “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” has, so far, not had any festival play, but it comes

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