Lena Horne

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World Music Singer
Date of Birth June 30, 1917
Place of Birth New York City, New York
Date of Death May 9, 2010 (92)
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Lena Horne

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was an American singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Horne's career spanned over 70 years, appearing in film, television, and theater. Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of 16 and became a nightclub performer before moving to 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 300 performances on Broadway. She then toured the country in the show, earning numerous awards and accolades. Horne continued recording and performing sporadically into the 1990s, disappearing from the public eye in 2000. Horne died of congestive heart failure on May 9, 2010, at the age of 92.

Born: Lena Mary Calhoun Horne, June 30, 1917, Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died: May 09, 2010, Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Education: Boys and Girls High School
Occupation: Singer, dancer, actress, activist
Years active: 1933–2003
Children: Gail Lumet Buckley (daughter), Edwin Jones (son)
Relatives: Jenny Lumet (granddaughter), Jake Cannavale (great–grandson)
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About Lena Horne

Twentieth-century African-American singer and actress. She famously sang "Stormy Weather," won a Grammy Award for a 1981 album entitled Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, and appeared in film versions of The Wiz, Broadway Rhythm, and Ziegfeld Follies.

Before Fame

After dropping out of high school at the age of sixteen, she performed in the chorus of Harlem's famed Cotton Club.


A civil rights activist with leftist political leanings, she was blacklisted in Hollywood during the McCarthy era.

Family Life

She was born in New York City to an affluent family of European, African-American, and Native American heritage. She married Louis Jordan Jones in 1937; the couple had two children.


She appeared with jazz musicians Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington in the 1940 musical film Cabin in the Sky.

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