Image: Billie Holiday, NYC
(Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1923 - 2010, Los Angeles, California)

Billie Holiday, NYC , 1949 (printed later)

Gelatin silver print
16 7/16 in. x 14 1/2 in. (41.75 cm x 36.83 cm)
Gift of George Stephanopoulos
2007.95
Originally included in a 1949 cover story for Ebony magazine, this photograph shows Holiday at home in her Harlem apartment cooking a steak with her beloved boxer, Mister.  The article, titled “I’m Cured for Good,” came after numerous incidents with the law due to Holiday’s ongoing struggle with narcotics.  This was the first time Leonard had ever met the singer.  “On arriving, I was greeted by a woman in an apron and housedress,” recalled Leonard, “whom I initially mistook for the maid, until I realized she was the great Billie Holiday.”
  
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