I read Lady Sings the Blues sometime ago and can't remember any mention of a dog. It's been awhile, so correct me if I'm wrong. Well, I sell a shirt in my store that features Billie Holiday and her dog Mister. I slid into the long-sleeve version of this tee awhile ago and had several conversations with strangers about it. People definitely know Billie Holiday (the gardenia always helps). It's the dog that raises eyebrows.
For the sake of protection, you might expect a celebrity to have a special guard dog at their side. According to BrainPickings.org, "Holiday’s life was always full of beloved dogs — among them the tiny poodle she carried in her coat pocket; Gypsy, the Great Dane; Chiquita and Pepe, the baby-bottle-fed Chihuahuas; and Bessie Mae Moocho, the wire-haired terrier. But her true canine soul-mate was a boxer named Mister." A quick search reveals images of the singer with her favorite dog who was known for wearing fur coats, eating steaks during her performances, and for fulfilling his guard duties. There's even been a children's book written about their special relationship.
As someone who's seen Lady Sings the Blues dozens of times, I question whether the new Hulu film The United States vs. Billie Holiday will include this seemingly minor detail from her life. I look forward to watching and finding out. Keep an eye out for those dogs.
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Billie Holiday and Mister Shirt
This unisex tee features an image of Billie Holiday and Mister, the dog. It seems common enough to see images of Holiday with her iconic gardenias, but how often do we see her alongside her beloved pet boxer? Taken by...Read More