Making a LADY: The Story of a Groundbreaking Cinematic Classic

THE DIANA ROSS PROJECT

“In 1972, we fought everybody.  No one had ever done a film like this before.” –Shelly Berger

March 27, 1973: The 45th Annual Academy Awards.  Tensions are running high inside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles as presenters Raquel Welch and Gene Hackman take the stage.  “Hope they haven’t got a cause,” Welch remarks after reading the names of the five nominees for the Best Actress Academy Award, a reference to Marlon Brando’s earlier boycott of his own Best Actor award.  Television cameras capture the tight expressions of the four present nominees; Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, Cicely Tyson, and Liv Ullmann (Maggie Smith is not in attendance) look nervous and uncomfortable as the presenters tear open the envelope.  It’s undoubtedly been a long road to this moment for all four women; for Diana Ross, it’s been more than three years of intense research, sometimes vicious criticism, and arduous filming…

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