Harper’s Other Dad and I spent much of Sunday finishing the process of getting Christmas packed away so, by the end of the day, we were both a bit tired. He retired into the blogosphere, as is his wont, while I began scanning the television guide for some type of entertainment. And I hit the jackpot finding two gems of the 1970’s playing concurrently; 1972’s Lady Sings the Blues and 1975’s Funny Lady. Oh my, didn’t that little “Last” button on my remote, the one that allows me to bounce between two channels, get a workout over the succeeding couple of hours!
I’ll save for another time, maybe never, my thoughts on the relative merits of the two films as artistic expressions. One fact about which there can be no doubt, however, is both films were ‘star turns’ for major A-list divas of the era. I speak, of course, of Diana Ross in the former and Barbra Streisand in the latter.
Here are my favorite clips from each. Diana as Billie Holiday in the grips of addiction (apologies for the poor sound quality of the clip)…[youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjODPpMVrjY%5D
And Barbra as Fanny Brice in the grips of a tantrum of self-pity…[youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7NLx2iUXuU%5D
What a fun way to close out the holiday weekend!