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Billie Holiday's illustrious career

Updated 10:58 AM ET, Tue April 7, 2015
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Jazz singer Billie Holiday, left, and composer Duke Ellington, center, rehearse "Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life" in 1935. Fans and artists are celebrating Lady Day, as she was known, on the 100th anniversary of her birth on April 7, 1915. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Louis Armstrong and Holiday pose for a portrait in 1939. JP Jazz Archive/Redferns/Getty Images
Holiday performs "Fine and Mellow" accompanied by James P. Johnson on piano in 1943. Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
Holiday performs in the Esquire Jam Session at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1944. Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
Holiday performs at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1948 during the peak of her musical career. Redferns/Getty Images
Holiday performs under a spotlight at a club in 1954. Getty Images
From left, Holiday, performs with musicians Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and Gerry Mulligan on the CBS television program "The Seven Lively Arts" in New York in 1957. CBS/Landov
Holiday sings at the Olympia in Paris in 1958. Dalle/Andre Sas/Landov
Holiday performs in Hamburg, Germany, in 1959. She died in New York on July 17, 1959, from pulmonary edema and heart failure caused by cirrhosis of the liver. Gamma-Keystone/Getty Images