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Lena Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010), was an American singer, actress 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 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, and continued to work as a performer, both in nightclubs as well as television, and releasing well received albums. In the early 1970s, her husband, son and father died within a period of twelve months. 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. Horne recorded sporadically following the show.
Death of Lena Horne
Lena Horne died at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Lena Horne was 92 years old at the time of her death
Lena Horne – Stormy Weather (1943)
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Lena Horne on Cosby Show
Lena Horne on Rosie O’Donnell 1997