Lena Horne, Sultry Singer and Actress, Dies at 92
Remembering Lena Horne: 1917-2010
With Clipped Wings, Lena Horne Still Soared
Lena Horne: About the Performer
IBDB: Lena Horne
Till The Clouds Roll By
As a sophisticated performer, Lena Horne danced, acted, and sang her way around the world for seven decades. This past Sunday, Horne passed away in New York at the age of 92. She was born in 1917 in Brooklyn, and her family was part of that borough's growing black middle class. At the age of 16, Horne auditioned for a part in the dance chorus at Harlem's Cotton Club. In 1938, she appeared in a short black musical film titled "The Duke is Tops", and she would go on to appear in a number of different films over the next five decades, including "The Wiz" and "Cabin in the Sky". By 1945, Horne was the highest paid black entertainer, and she made $1500 for every radio appearance. She also had a long-standing record contract with RCA, and her nightclub recording "Lena Horne at the Waldorf-Astoria" was the best-selling album by a female singer in the company's history. When asked about her legacy at age 80, Horne commented, "I'm me, and I'm like nobody else."
The first link will take visitors to a detailed obituary from the New York Times, which appeared on May 9, 2010. The second link leads to a slideshow from the Washington Post showcasing Lena Horne's many talents. The third link leads to a thoughtful piece on Horne's legacy by Jimi Izrael, written for NPR's "Tell Me More". Moving on, the fourth link whisks users away to a narrative profile of Horne from the American Masters website. The fifth link leads to Lena Horne's page on the Internet Broadway Database website, which features information about her different appearances on the Broadway stage. The sixth link leads to the film "Till The Clouds Roll By", which features musical performances by Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Lena Horne. Finally, the last link leads to a well-executed Lena Horne tribute site, complete with TV appearances, a discography, and other material.