Jazz Icon Lena Horne Passes at 92

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne: June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010

Born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn in 1917, Horne began her career as part of the chorus line at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem and later went on to Hollywood where she received fame as a singer and actress, and starred as Selina Rogers in “Stormy Weather,” singing her most famous tune, “Stormy Weather.” During Hollywood’s Red Scare from 1947 to 1957, Horne found herself blacklisted for her association with Paul Robeson and other alleged “communists,” and was unable to get work in Hollywood.

Horne will be remembered for her beautiful smile, her mellifluous voice and her contributions to the civil rights movement. May she rest in peace.

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