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.