Lena Horne was born on this day in Brooklyn in 1917. Those familiar with the singer will always remember her remarkable talent as a legendary performer with a sparkling personality and a beautiful smile, In her almost seventy years in entertainment she worked the big band and cabaret circuits, movies, Broadway, and television. She became politically active in the fight for civil rights following World War II, a decision that placed her on the federal entertainment blacklist for over a decade. Readers can enjoy more details about Horne's life and career in a thorough obituary published following her death in May 2010.
|Bell Telephone Hour television publicity photo, 1964|
Here she is performing her signature song, Stormy Weather, from the 1943 film of the same name.
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public domain photograph, NBC Television, wikipedia.org