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Diahann Carroll Auditioned To Play Billie Holiday In Lady Sings The Blues

Diahann, as well as Cicely Tyson, were early contenders for the role of the late Billie Holiday, but the reality was always that Diana Ross had that role on lock. With Berry Gordy as part of production, and Ross kind of having him in the palm of her hand, he helped her snag that lead role. But she did so well, she picked up an Academy Award nomination for her work.

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