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Lena Horne Overview:

Legendary actress, Lena Horne, was born Lena Mary Calhoun Horne on Jun 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York City. Horne died at the age of 92 on May 9, 2010 in Manhattan, New York City .



She was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Recording and Motion Pictures. Horne was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Breaking Barriers:

By minooallen on Mar 10, 2017 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Breaking Barriers When signed a long-term contract with MGM it was a very big deal. The year was 1942 and prior to that no black actor had ever been privy to such lucrative contract with any major studio. More importantly, no black actor had ever wielded as much power in regard... Read full article

: a tribute

By Lindsey on Jun 30, 2013 From The Motion Pictures

TMP celebrates a very special birthday today! One of my favorite performers of all time, Lena Mary Calhoun Horne, was born on June 30, 1917. Though she moved around the country quite a bit during her childhood, often traveling with her mother, by the 1930s Horne had made it back to her birth state o... Read full article

Monday Serenade: on Sesame Street

By KC on May 17, 2010 From Classic Movies

I found these Sesame Street clips as I was trotting down memory lane with (via YouTube). This is my favorite version of Bein' Green. (When I played the clip, an ad for True Blood popped up. Hmmm, I know this is vintage Sesame Street, but I still think they're a bit off target with their d... Read full article


By Angela on May 10, 2010 From Hollywood Revue

is a woman who very much deserved to be a bigger movie star.  She probably would have been a bigger movie star had she worked in the film industry of today, not of the 1940s.  But unfortunately, she worked in movies during a time when the film industry couldn’t make full use of her ... Read full article

TV Tuesday: and Judy Garland

By KC on Feb 16, 2010 From Classic Movies

One of my favorite things about the Judy Garland Show is the way Garland's guests always seemed to let down their hair for her. really hams it up in this 1963 performance of Day In, Day Out, but while she and Garland give the appearance of casual buddies belting out a song, the... Read full article

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Lena Horne Quotes:

Claire Quintana: You mean that, didn't you?
Marshal Frank Patch: Mean what?
Claire Quintana: About marrying me.
Marshal Frank Patch: Yeah.
Claire Quintana: When, Frank?
Marshal Frank Patch: Right now.
Claire Quintana: Can a bride have an hour to get ready?
Marshal Frank Patch: It'll take you that long?
Claire Quintana: Uh-huh.
Marshal Frank Patch: Well, all right, but hurry up.
Claire Quintana: Frank?
Marshal Frank Patch: Yeah?
Claire Quintana: What about the preacher? He might want to be in on this.

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Received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 1989.

While at MGM, her appearances in movies were shot so that they could be cut easily from the film. This was because MGM feared audiences of the day--but especially in the South--would not accept a beautiful black woman in romantic, non-menial roles. Many in the business believed that this was the main reason she lost out on playing the mulatto "Julie" in MGM's remake of Show Boat (1951). Ironically, the role was played by one of Lena's close off-screen friends, Ava Gardner, who practiced for it by singing to Horne's recordings of the songs, and Lena had already appeared in the "Show Boat" segment of Till the Clouds Roll By (1946), in which she appeared as "Julie" singing "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" (which was, as all her MGM appearances, shot in such a way that it could be easily edited out of the film). Another irony is that she had been invited by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II themselves to play "Julie" in the 1946 Broadway revival of "Show Boat", but had had to refuse because MGM would not release her from her contract.

Leslie Uggams is scheduled to portray her in a musical production "Stormy Weather" at the Pasadena Playhouse (California) starting January 2009.

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