May 28, 1947: Billie Holiday Sentenced to Prison on Drug Charge

L.A. Times, 1947

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project.

On June 17, while Holiday was in prison, the film “New Orleans” opened in Los Angeles at the four Music Hall theaters: 8th and Broadway downtown; Beverly Hills at 9036 Wilshire Blvd.; the Hawaii at 5941 Hollywood Blvd.; and at 6523 Hollywood Blvd. Holiday played a maid in what was apparently her only credited role as an actress in a feature film.

Released from prison, she returned to Los Angeles and was involved in a brawl in Billy Berg’s nightclub, 1356 N. Vine St., on New Year’s Day, 1949. While the charges were dismissed at her preliminary hearing, she was soon accused of drug possession in San Francisco and in March, barred from New York nightclubs. A San Francisco jury acquitted her of opium possession in June 1949, although her problems certainly didn’t end there.
Situations Wanted, Women—102

ADDRESSING & MAILING — PRIV.
PARTY. $10 PER 1000 TU-5397
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APT. col. Day work. Couple. Rev.
Mitchell. AD-8026. AD-12795
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CLEAN. OR LAUNDRY. Experienced.
By hour. Mrs. Black. LU 1660
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COL. Cook. Gen. Full or part time
Home nites. Royal Agy. RE-4529
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COL. Refined maids, cooks, chaufs.
Day work. Rev. Sweeney. AD-11040.
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COL. Help. Call Ladies’ Empl. Aid. As-
sociation for extra help. AD-9505
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COL. Neat. Exec. Party cook. Day work
or child care. CE-27655
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COL. Girl, exp. Wants day work as
mother’s helper. AD-18166
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COL. Girl with child care for child-
dren in home. Stay AD-6845
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COL. Girl da. Work A-1 clean &
ironing. $1 hr & fare. RE-25018
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COL. Girl. Neat, desires day work.
Pvt home. RO-1528
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COL. Wom. Day wrk. $1 hr or 5-da.
Apt. wrk. NE 2-4174
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COMPANION. Hskpr. Elderly lady
Alone. References. Box F-46. Times
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COMP. Hskpr. Cook or institute. Wrk.
Ref. Lady. GL-2741
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DAY or pt. time exp. Worker. Loc. Ref.
$1 hr, fare. CE-20795
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DAY WORK CLEANING, WHITE
EXPERIENCED RI-8488
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DAY WORK EXCEPTIONAL WORK-
ER, Phone CE-27003
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DAY work, part time. Will cook eve-
ning meal. Refs. PR-1923
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DAY WORK. EXPERIENCED COL-
ORED GIRL AD-14063
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DAYS work, exp. Col girl $8 day &
Fare. Ref. CA-21822
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source: Los Angeles Times, May 28, 1947; June 16, 1947; June 22, 1947; Jan. 7, 1949; Jan. 12, 1949; March 5, 1949; March 22, 1949; June 4, 1949

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About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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