In the 70s, journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl began researching a bio of Billie Holiday but died under mysterious circumstances before the book was finished.
This documentary uses the audio tapes of Kuehl’s interviews with Holiday’s friends and fellow musicians, and the intimate details they share reveal Holiday’s darker, self-destructive impulses.
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As Kuehl delved deeper into Holiday’s life, she started exploring some dark impulses of her own. Director James Erskine intertwines Kuehl’s story with Holiday’s, leaving a viewer with the feeling that she is witnessing a double tragedy.
Well-chosen footage of Holiday singing reminds us of what was lost when she died in 1959.