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Monday, May 10, 2010

'Lena Horne, singer and actor best known for her rendition of Stormy Weather and as Hollywood's first black sex symbol, has died. She was 92. In a 60-year career, Horne broke down numerous racial barriers. In the 1940s, she was one of the first black singers with a major white band, the first to perform at the famous Copacabana nightclub, and the first to sign a long-term Hollywood contract. She later became an active campaigner for civil rights and was a powerful voice of the movement. In 1943, she played the role of Selina Rogers in the all-black movie musical Stormy Weather. Her version of the title song became a major hit and her signature piece...'

For more on the Guardian UK article quoted above be sure to visit *HERE*.
Photo of Lena courtesy of Music2MyEars.


muchlove said...

she was stunning, and such a beautiful voice too.


Big love for Lena!

She was a major player, with a modest and honest demeanor.

Cheers!.. to the impression she left for us still to share.

Diana said...

What a mark in American history she made.

Sam said...

What a lovely soulful voice she had. A thoughtful and important tribute to her Gabbi.


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