Mostly Credited As:
Lena HorneBirth Name:
Lena Mary Calhoun HorneDate Of Birth:
June 30, 1917 (Age 92)Country Of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York City, New YorkDate Of Death:
May 09, 2010Cause Of Death:
Unknown cause (Manhattan, New York City, New York)
Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 30, 1917. and is a pioneer among African-American performers, Lena Horne was one of the early voice talents and beauty to brake the race barrier in Hollywood. Lena started her career appearing on stage in Harlem when she was only 14 years old By the age 16 she was singing in the, a the time, world famous Cotton Club. She is a world renowned singer of bluesy ballads,
She later made her debuit into films, starring in such popular musicals 'Stormy Weather' (1943) and Cabin in the Sky (1943).
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Lena is of Cherokee descent.
In an episode of Seinfeld (The Cartoon) Kramer tells Jerry,"You know what woman I always thought you looked like? Lena Horne."
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1991.
Lena is ranked #62 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Rock N Roll
Horne's active career spanned six decades, and in 1989 she was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Horne was due to be played by Janet Jackson in a 2004 TV movie, but Horne barred Jackson from taking the part after Jackson flashed her near-naked breast during the halftime show of the 2004 Super Bowl... Horne was a longtime spokesperson for Sanka coffee.
Lena Horne appears with fellow musicians Marian Anderson and Big Mama Thornton in our loop on Black History.
Lena Horne Quotes
It's ill-becoming for an old broad to sing about how bad she wants it. But occasionally we do.
You have to be taught to be second class; you're not born that way.
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
Don't be afraid to feel as angry or as loving as you can, because when you feel nothing, it's just death.
Always be smarter than the people who hire you.
In my early days I was a sepia Hedy Lamarr. Now I'm black and a woman, singing my own way.
I want to sing like Aretha Franklin. Before her I wanted the technical ability of Ella Fitzgerald