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Lena Horne

Singer + Actress + Activist
Female
Born Jun 30, 1917
Hometown Kings County
Died May 9, 2010
Death Place Manhattan, New York
Other Names Horne, Lena Mary ...

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was an 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. Due to the Red Scare and her left-leaning political views, Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1917 Birth Born on June 30, 1917.
1927 10 Years Old When Horne was five, she was sent to live in Georgia. For several years, she traveled with her mother. From 1927 to 1929 she lived with her uncle, Frank S. Horne, Dean of Students at Fort Valley Junior Industrial Institute (now part of Fort Valley State University) in Fort Valley, Georgia, who would later serve as an adviser to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. … Read More

TEENAGE

1933 16 Years Old In the fall of 1933, Horne joined the chorus line of the Cotton Club in New York City.
1934 17 Years Old In the spring of 1934, she had a featured role in the Cotton Club Parade starring Adelaide Hall, who took Lena under her wing. … Read More

TWENTIES

1937 20 Years Old Horne married Louis Jordan Jones in January 1937 in Pittsburgh. … Read More
1940 23 Years Old 1 More Event
After she separated from her first husband, Horne toured with bandleader Charlie Barnet in 1940–41, but disliked the travel and left the band to work at the Café Society in New York. … Read More
1941 - 1942 2 More Events
1944 27 Years Old In November 1944, she was featured in an episode of the popular radio series Suspense, as a fictional nightclub singer, with a large speaking role along with her singing.
1945 28 Years Old In 1945 and 1946, she sang with Billy Eckstine's Orchestra. … Read More

THIRTIES

1947 30 Years Old Horne's second marriage was to Lennie Hayton, who was Music Director and one of the premier musical conductors and arrangers at MGM, in December 1947 in Paris. … Read More
1951 34 Years Old …  Horne wanted to be considered for the role of Julie LaVerne in MGM's 1951 version of Show Boat (having already played the role when a segment of Show Boat was performed in Till the Clouds Roll By) but lost the part to Ava Gardner, a personal friend in real life. … Read More
1956 39 Years Old She only made two major appearances in MGM films during the 1950s: Duchess of Idaho (which was also Eleanor Powell's film swan song); and the 1956 musical Meet Me in Las Vegas. … Read More

FORTIES

1957 40 Years Old In 1957, a live album entitled, Lena Horne at the Waldorf-Astoria, became the biggest selling record by a female artist in the history of the RCA Victor label.
1958 41 Years Old In 1958, Horne became the first African-American woman to be nominated for a Tony Award for "Best Actress in a Musical" (for her part in the "Calypso" musical Jamaica) which, at Lena's request featured her longtime friend Adelaide Hall. … Read More

FIFTIES

1969 52 Years Old Besides two television specials for the BBC (later syndicated in the U.S.), Horne starred in her own U.S. television special in 1969, Monsanto Night Presents Lena Horne. … Read More
1970 53 Years Old In 1970, she co-starred with Harry Belafonte in the hour-long Harry & Lena for ABC; in 1973, she co-starred with Tony Bennett in Tony and Lena. … Read More
1976 59 Years Old In the 1976 program America Salutes Richard Rodgers, she sang a lengthy medley of Rodgers songs with Peggy Lee and Vic Damone. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1980 63 Years Old 1 More Event
In the summer of 1980, Horne, 63 years old and intent on retiring from show business, embarked on a two-month series of benefit concerts sponsored by the sorority Delta Sigma Theta. … Read More
1981 64 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 1981, The Nederlander Organization, Michael Frazier, and Fred Walker went on to book Horne for a four-week engagement at the newly named Nederlander Theatre (formerly the Trafalgar, the Billy Rose, and the National) on West 41st Street in New York City. … Read More
1982 - 2003 8 More Events
2004 87 Years Old In the weeks following Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" debacle during the 2004 Super Bowl, however, Variety reported that Horne demanded Jackson be dropped from the project. "ABC executives resisted Horne's demand", according to the Associated Press report, "but Jackson representatives told the trade newspaper that she left willingly after Horne and her daughter, Gail Lumet Buckley, asked that she not take part."
2005 88 Years Old 1 More Event
Oprah Winfrey stated to Alicia Keys during a 2005 interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show that she might possibly consider producing the biopic herself, casting Keys as Horne.
2007 90 Years Old In 2007, Horne was portrayed by Leslie Uggams as the older Lena and Nikki Crawford as the younger Lena in the stage musical Stormy Weather staged at the Pasadena Playhouse in California (January through March 2009). … Read More
2010 93 Years Old Horne died on May 9, 2010, in New York City The funeral took place at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on Park Avenue in New York. … Read More
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