Lena Horne Biography

Lena Horne was a well known African American versatile and beautiful actress, singer, civil rights activist and dancer too. She was born on June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, United States. She was the daughter of Edwin “Teddy” who left the family when Lena was three. Her mother Edna was an actress with the African American troupe belonged to a middle class family. Horne from her childhood wanted to become an actress but that decision was against the will of her family.

She worked in many films like The Duke Is Tops, I Dood It, Words and Music, Some of the Best, The Heart Of Show Business, That’s Entertainment, The Wiz, Two Girls And A Sailor and many others. In television, she worked In what’s My Line?, The Judy Garland Show, The Different Word, The Cosby Show, The Muppet Show And Sesame Street.

She got many awards for her performances like 4 Times Grammy Awards, Tony Awards, New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Drama Desk Awards, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, NAACP Image Award, Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award and the ASCAP Pied Piper Award. She also got nominations in other awards.

Horne married with Louis Jordan Jones in January 1937 and had a daughter and a son. They got divorced in 1944. Then she re – married to Lennie Hayton in 1947 and got separated in 1960. Hayton died in 1971. Horne died on 9 May, 2010 in New York City because of heart failure.

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