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Singer, Actress, Dancer

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) was an American singer, actress, civil rights activist and dancer. Wikipedia

Age: 92 (age at death)
Born: 30th June, 1917, Brooklyn, New York.
Died: 9th May, 2010, Manhattan, New York City, New York.
Height: 5' 7" (170 cm)
Nationality: American
Claim to Fame: Cabin In The Sky (movie) Jazz singer, Stormy Weather

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Young people today would get a great deal of encouragement from knowing how close we could be if we had a man like Dr. King around.

 

[quoted from Brian Lanker`s book "I Dream A World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America", New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1986)] My own people didn`t see me as a performer because they were busy trying to make a living and feed themselves. Until I got to café society in the `40s, I didn`t even have a black audience and then it was mixed. I was always battling the system to try to get to be with my people. Finally, I wouldn`t work for places that kept us out . . . it was a damn fight everywhere I was, every place I worked, in New York, in Hollywood, all over the world.

 

She is the mother of journalist and author Gail Lumet Buckley, whose articles have appeared in Vogue Magazine (USA) and The Los Angeles Times (CA, USA); Buckley has researched and authored two books "The Hornes: An American Family" (New American Library, 1986) and "American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm" (Random House, 2001).

 

Lives in Manhattan's fabled West Side apartment building, the Apthorp, whose residents include Rosie O'Donnell, Conan O'Brien, Steve Kroft, Cyndi Lauper and Kate Nelligan.

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LITTLE KOJAK - I totally agree with IM2NICE4U. The first time I heard `The Horne` sing `Stormy Weather`, she blew me away. Others have tried to duplicate her but no way. She was heaven sent. (4 years ago)
misscow - Leana Horne will allways be a fantastic actress,singer and dancer. (4 years ago)
misscow - Lena Horne is a great actress,dancer and singer. (4 years ago)
Jake - Rest in Peace, Ms Horne. (4 years ago)
tennisace - Lena Horn is an absolutely beautiful women and even up until this day she shows such elegance and beauty at 92. As it shows she is an example of a mixed family upbringing, but like most people of color back in the day (or even today) were forced to embrace the African American heritage only according to the one drop blood rule. Lena all I have to say is love your entire heritage and represent them all. Your ancestors deserve to know they were part of you as well. (5 years ago)
Pam Hider Johnson - We believe Ms. Horne has ties to our area and interested in having her come in the near future. She may have selected musicians from our area to perform with her to include Pete Johnson and Teddy Wilson. (5 years ago)
ana - MISS LENA IS VERY BEAUTIFUL,TALENTED ACTRESS,AND A GREAT SINGER...GOD BLESS YOU, LOVELY LADY,,,, (5 years ago)
nikole - wonderful person very talented. (5 years ago)
carmella - i love lena`s stormy weather when i grew up and heard her sing that, i wanted to sing just like her. she is a beautiful women and knows how to sing the blues godbless lena forever. (6 years ago)
loischantrelle - Lady Lena Horne is a Hollywood Legend although she didn`t do many films she broke down many barriers for entertainers. Not only was she an actress but a powerful singer as well. A true entertainer. (6 years ago)

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