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RIP Lena Horne

By May 10, 2010

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Jazz singer, actress, and civil rights activist Lena Horne died Sunday, May 9th, 2010, at age 92.

Horne was primarily known for being one of the first black performers to be signed with a major film studio in Hollywood, and for her elegant and alluring big screen persona. Her expressive singing voice earned her musical roles in white movies in the 1940s, when it was still illegal for some theaters to screen films with black actors. Horne learned to sing jazz with help from Billy Strayhorn, and used her prestige to bring attention to the struggle for equal rights for blacks.

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May 14, 2010 at 1:58 pm
(1) Jazz Guy says:

I was really only aware of the great singing work she had done over the decades. Though her big singing days were far behind her. It’s somewhat sad that she’s gone. So few of the men and women from that part of musical/jazz history are still with us.

I remember reading that they were going to do a biographical movie about here with Janet Jackson playing her. I recall reading that she didn’t want anything to do with it once Janet had her “wardrobe malfunction…”

Even to the end, Lena was a class act!

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