Jill Corey, 85, Coal Miner’s Daughter Turned Singing Sensation, Dies

Norma Jean Speranza was born on September 30, 1935, the youngest of five children. Her father, Bernard Speranza, worked in a coal mine in Kiski Township, Pennsylvania; When Norma became Jean Jill, she bought it for him and renamed it Corey Mine. Her mother, Clara (Grant) Speranza, died when she was 4 years old. Her … Read more

‘America vs. Billie Vacation’ Evaluation: Singing for Her Life

‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ Review: Singing for Her Life

But not really as an artist. Andra Day, who plays Holiday, is a smart and charismatic performer, and the movie’s hectic narrative is broken up by nightclub and concert hall scenes that capture some of the singer’s magnetism. Rather than lip-syncing the numbers, Day sings them in a voice that has something of Holiday’s signature … Read more