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LENA HORNE BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Lena Calhoun Horne was born June 30th, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, USA to Edna and Edwin Horne.  As a child, she was often picked on for her light skin but at the young age of 2, she became the "cover girl" for the “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People”.  Her parents marriage soon fell into divorce and her mother left Lena and her sister in the care of their grandparents while Edna toured with the African Theater Troup.   
 
Horne appeared onstage in Harlem when she was only 14 years old, and by age 16 she left school and was singing in the famous Cotton Club helping to financially support her ailing mother. 
 
In 1935 she joined the Noble Sissle orchestra.  She was hired to sing for Charlie Barnet's orchestra in the early 1940's and it was there she was discovered by producer John Hammond and Horne was performing in a solo show at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Horne moved to Los Angeles in 1942.  She began to work in the film industry with appearances in, "Cabin in the Sky" (1943), "Meet Me in Las Vegas" (1956), and "The Wiz" (1978).  Horne was smooth singer of bluesy ballads and was best known as singer of the jazz standard, "Stormy Weather" (1943).

Horne was a very charismatic entertainer and was one of the most popular singers of her time. One of her albums, Lena Horne at the Waldorf-Astoria (1957), was a long-time best-seller, and her first featured performance on Broadway in the musical "Jamaica"(1957), won her a New York Drama Critics' Poll Award in 1958.  Her popularity gained her some of the best pay in Hollywood including $1500 for a radio appearance and over $6000 for nightclub appearances.

During the 1960s, Horne became a leading voice in civil rights marches and protests.  She  was mostly known as an entertainer, but being involved in  political organizations was important to her.  She continued to act in Hollywood, however,  her main attraction was singing.

Horne's one-woman show, Lena Horne: "The Lady and Her Music" (1981), earned her many awards, including a Drama Critics' Circle Award and a special achievement Tony Award.  In 1984 Horne received a Kennedy Center honor for lifetime contribution to the arts, and in 1989 a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement.

Horne's active career spanned six decades.  Horne was married from 1937 to 1944 to Louis J. Jones and they had two children together.  Three years later in 1947 she married Lennie Hayton, who was  a white man and  also her musical director. The two married in France and kept the marriage secret for several years. They remained married until her death at the age of 92, on May 9, 2010 in New York City.   
 

Filmography

1978   The Wiz
1969   Death of a Gunfighter
1956   Meet Me in Las Vegas
1948   Words and Music Purchase Info   
1946   Mantan Messes Up
1946   Ziegfeld Follies
1946   Till the Clouds Roll By
1945   Harlem Hotshots
1944   Broadway Rhythm
1943   Stormy Weather
1943   Cabin in the Sky
1943   Swing Fever
1942   Panama Hattie
1938   The Duke is Tops





Matinee Classics - Cabin in the Sky starring Ethel Waters, Eddie ' Rochester' Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Rex Ingram, Mantan Moreland, Willie Best, Butterfly McQueen, Nick Stewart and Duke Ellington
Matinee Classics - Stormy Weather starring Lena Horne, Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson, Cab Calloway, Katherine Dunham, Fats Waller, Nicholas Brothers, Ada Brown, Dooley Wilson, The Tramp Band, Babe Wallace, Ernest Whitman and Zutty Singleton
Matinee Classics - Stormy Weather starring Lena Horne, Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson, Cab Calloway, Katherine Dunham, Fats Waller, Nicholas Brothers, Ada Brown, Dooley Wilson, The Tramp Band, Babe Wallace, Ernest Whitman and Zutty Singleton
Matinee Classics - The Duke is Tops starring Lena Horne, Ralph Cooper, Lawrence Criner, Monte Hawley, Willie Covan, Neva Peoples, Vernon McCallum, Edward Thompson, Johnny Taylor, Ray Martin, Guersney Morrow and Charlie Hawkins
Matinee Classics - The Duke is Tops starring Lena Horne, Ralph Cooper, Lawrence Criner, Monte Hawley, Willie Covan, Neva Peoples, Vernon McCallum, Edward Thompson, Johnny Taylor, Ray Martin, Guersney Morrow and Charlie Hawkins


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