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 .


Lithe, dynamic, barnstorming songstress who put more emotion into songs - hot or sweet - than some did into acting. Her splendid voice and pleasant personality made her the first black performer to sign a long-term contract with a major studio (MGM), but they frittered her away in all-black films and guest appearances.

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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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Stormy Weather (1943): Bill Robinson and

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 20, 2020 From 4 Star Films

Stormy Weather, as a musical, is nearly unprecedented, and to my knowledge, there is only one other film to truly rival it as a spectacular showcase for African-American talents during this same period. That would be MGM’s Cabin in the Sky (1943). But it’s not simply the case that this i... Read full article

Quote: on Ava Gardner

By KC on Jan 20, 2019 From Classic Movies

Image Source She didn't feel she was born to rule. She felt that life was crappy and that a lot of people got mistreated for weird reasons and she liked to see people like each other. - Source... Read full article

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

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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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Lost her father, husband and son in one year.

Children from first marriage to Louis Jones: Gail Jones (b. 1938), aka Gail Lumet Buckley, and Terry Jones (b. 1939).

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