Billie Holiday is considered one of the best jazz vocalists of all time. In the 40s, she established herself as a star of the New York club scene.
- Born Eleanora Fagan Gough, she later changed her name to Billie Holiday as an appreciation to film star Billie Dove.
- Holiday was raised in poverty.
- When she first performed at Carnegie Hall in 1948, Holiday received three curtain calls before a sold-out crowd.