From The Cocoa Lounge
Film: New Orleans, 1947
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Starring: Arturo de Córdova, Dorothy Patrick, Marjorie Lord
Despite the limitations of her screen credit, Billie Holiday, shone as only she could in her role as a young maid, Endie. She lights up the screen during musical numbers such as the one below: "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans" (a song that takes on a whole new meaning post-Katrina).
With Louis Armstrong and his band behind her, you can't help but feel haunted by the melody as Billie croons: "Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans /
When thats where you left your heart..."
New Orleans marked Billie's first (and last) acting performance in a Hollywood film and reminds us how far black actresses have come since.