Lena Horne

Vocal jazz, Musical Artist

1917 – 2010

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Who was Lena Horne?

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was an American singer, actress, civil rights activist and dancer.

Horne joined the 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 left-leaning 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 and on television, while releasing well-received record albums. She 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. She continued recording and performing sporadically into the 1990s, disappearing from the public eye in 2000.

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Born
Jun 30, 1917
Bedford-Stuyvesant
Also known as
  • Lena Horn
  • Horne Lena
  • Lene Horne
  • Lena Mary Calhoun Horne
  • Horne, Lena
  • Lena Calhoun Horne
Parents
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Girls' High School
  • Boys and Girls High School
Lived in
  • Brooklyn
Died
May 9, 2010
Manhattan

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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