Billie Holiday’s Secret Moments

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Although Old Hollywood legends and royal princesses alike may have been revered for their enviable style and penchant for luxury, they also grappled with troubled upbringings and tumultuous relationships throughout their lifetimes. Delving past the curtain of glamorous celebrity, Secret Moments is a series humanizing the icons of yesterday.

Born Eleanora Fagan in Philadelphia on April 7, 1915, Billie Holiday would rise to prominence in the heat of the jazz age with a career spanning nearly 30 years. With no formal musical training, Holiday’s definitive soulful voice pioneered a new form of improvisational vocal skill that would go on to inspire future artists and styles. A key figure of the Civil Rights Movement, Holiday used her fame to employ greater change through her music, never taking no for an answer. On the jazz icon’s birthday, CR looks back on Holiday’s life and the incredible imprint she made on the music world.

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