Billie Holiday would have turned 100 years old this week and Bo Leibowitz pays tribute to the singer. She started singing in nightclubs as a teenager and her extraordinary voice and stage presence attracted attention right away. Despite her success, she faced rampant racism and struggled with substance abuse, but leaves behind an incredible catalogue of music.
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