Loss of a Legend: Lena Horne

R.I.P. Lena Horne

Born June 30, 1917, Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was an American singer, actress and dancer. Not only that, but she was an inspiration for some of the greatest female performers of our current time. Ask Alicia Keys (who was set to play Lena Horne an upcoming biopic produced by Oprah Winfrey), Beyoncé or Lauryn Hill who their musical influences are and I'm sure one of the names will be Lena Horne. She lived a long life of 92 years and her legacy will live on. Take a look at what made her who she is...Happy reading!

Horne joined the mike chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of sixteen and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood where she had small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts in the films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather. Due to the Red Scare and her progressive political views, Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood.

Returning to her roots as a nightclub performer, Horne took part in the March on Washington in August 1963, and continued to work as a performer, both in nightclubs as well as television, and releasing well received albums. Horne announced her retirement in March 1980, but the next year starred in a one woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, which ran for more than three hundred performances on Broadway, and earned her numerous awards and accolades, and she would continue recording and performing sporadically into the 1990's (via Wiki).

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  1. Anonymous said...:

    So sad, but glad your site acknowledges the positive side. She was an amazing person.

  1. Ja said...:

    Definitely a beautiful woman and a legend! RIP

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