Lena Horne (1917-2010)

Lena Horne

Lena Horne, the first African-American performer to be put under contract by a major studio, died on Sunday at age 92.

Despite her six decade long film career, Horne is best known for her music career, which included collaborations with Tony Bennett, Grammy-winning recordings of her Vegas nightclub act,The Lady and Her Music, Live on Broadway (1981), and An Evening With Lena Horne (1995), and her Tony-nominated performance in the musical, Calypso.

I loved her in Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather, both from 1943. There are a number of clips on Horne performing on YouTube. Here are some that I found including an interview of Horne on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

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