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In celebration of Black History Month, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of African American History and Culture present Reel Portraits: Billie Holiday and Lady Sings the Blues. Diana Ross, in her film debut, earned an Oscar nomination for her 1972 portrayal of the talented, troubled, influential singer Billie Holiday (1915–1959).

Although the film was commercially successful, it offers an incomplete view of a complicated life. Archivist and poet Reuben Jackson of the National Museum of American History leads a discussion to fill in the blanks. Free and open to the public; no tickets required. Doors open at 6:30; seating is first come, first served. This event takes place in the museum's Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium

Official Website: http://npg.si.edu

Added by npg on February 11, 2009

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