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Lena Horne

Lena Horne

(1917 – 2010)

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Lena Horne

Lena Horne
(1917 – 2010)

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Lena Horne

(1917 – 2010)
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This is a memorial dedicated to Lena Horne. Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was an American singer, actress and dancer.
Lena 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, Lena Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood.
Returning to her roots as a nightclub performer, Lena Horne took part in the March on Washington in August 1963, and continued to work as a performer, both in nightclubs as well as television, and releasing well received
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albums. In the early 1970s, her husband, son and father died within a period of twelve months. Lena 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. Lena Horne recorded sporadically following the show, but no longer made public appearances
Additionally, Lena Horne played herself on television programs as The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, and Sanford and Son in the 1970s, as well as a 1985 performance on The Cosby Show and a 1993 appearance on A Different World.
In 1981, she received a Special Tony Award for her one-woman
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show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music. Despite the show's considerable success, she did not capitalize on the renewed interest in her career by undertaking many new musical projects. A proposed 1983 joint recording project between Lena Horne and Frank Sinatra was ultimately abandoned, and her sole studio recording of the decade was 1988's The Men In My Life, featuring duets with Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joe Williams. In 1989, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lena Horne is noteworthy for her contributions to the Civil Rights movement. In 1941, she sang at Cafe Society and worked with Paul Robeson, a singer who also combated American racial discrimination. During World War II, when entertaining
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the troops for the USO, she refused to perform "for segregated audiences or to groups in which German POWs were seated in front of African American servicemen", according to her Kennedy Center biography. She was at an NAACP rally with Medgar Evers in Jackson, Mississippi the weekend before Evers was assassinated. She also met President John F. Kennedy at the White House two days before he was assassinated. She was at the March on Washington and spoke and performed on behalf of the NAACP, SNCC and the National Council of Negro Women. She also worked with Eleanor Roosevelt to pass anti-lynching laws. She was a member of the prominent organization, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Lena Horne passed away
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on May 9, 2010, at the age of 92, at NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. This is a tribute to her life and her work. May she rest in peace.
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Lena Horne

This is a memorial dedicated to Lena Horne. Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was an American singer, actress and dancer.
Lena 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, Lena Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood.
Returning to her roots as a nightclub performer, Lena Horne took part in the March on Washington in August 1963, and continued to work as a performer, both in nightclubs as well as television, and releasing well received...

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