June 30, 1917, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn – May 9, 2010, Manhattan, New York
Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was an African 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.
Lena Horne – Love from the movie Ziegfeld Follies 1946
Due to the Red Scare and her left-leaning political views, Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood.
Lena Horne – The Lady Is A Tramp
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…
The Lady and Her Music Concert of her Broadway 1981 Tony Award Show
An Evening With Lena Horne