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Lena Horne

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Lena Horne

American singer, actress, civil rights activist and dancer add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1917.

Countries: United States (72%), United Kingdom (5%), California (3%)

Main connections: Ella Fitzgerald, Adelaide Hall, Duke Ellington

Linked to: Decca Records, Joffrey Ballet Company, Associated Press, Dionne Warwick

 

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Lena Horne was born in 1917 add something


1927

From 1927 to 1929 she lived with her uncle, Frank S. Horne, who was dean of students at Fort Valley Junior Industrial Institute in Fort Valley, Georgia, and who would later become an adviser to Franklin Delano Roosevelt add something


1933

In the fall of 1933, Horne joined the chorus line of the Cotton Club in New York City add something


1934

In the spring of 1934, she had a featured role in the Cotton Club Parade starring Adelaide Hall, who took Lena under her wing add something


1936

Issued in 1936 on 78rpm 10" vinyl by Decca Records on Decca 778B. add something

 

Recorded on November 3, 1936 in New York add something


1937

Horne married Louis Jordan Jones in January 1937 in Pittsburgh add something

 

On December 21, 1937, their daughter, Gail was born there add something


1940

Horne and Jones separated in 1940 and divorced in 1944 add something


1941

In 1941, she sang at Cafe Society and worked with Paul Robeson add something

 

The show's resident maestros, Henry Levine and Paul Laval, recorded with Horne in June 1941 for RCA Victor add something

 

Henry Nemo - Nemo teamed with numerous music industry music celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Mildred Bailey and Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw, who recorded his song "Don't Take Your Love for Me." Shaw recorded this song in 1941 with a band of mostly African-American musicians accompanying the African-American vocalist Lena Horne


1942

Ethel Waters - MGM hired Lena Horne as the ingenue in the all-Black musical "Cabin in the Sky", and Waters starred as Petunia in 1942, reprising her stage role of 1940


1943

Horne was primarily a nightclub performer during this period and it was during a 1943 club engagement in Hollywood at Slapsy Maxie's in which talent scouts approached Horne to work in pictures add something

 

Kenneth Lee Spencer - This led to his being cast in significant parts in two MGM films in 1943, the musical film "Cabin in the Sky" where he shared the screen with Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, and Louis Armstrong, and the war movie "Bataan"


1944

In November 1944, she was featured in an episode of the popular radio series "Suspense", as a fictional nightclub singer, with a large speaking role along with her singing add something


1945

In 1945 and 1946, she sang with Billy Eckstine's Orchestra add something


1946

Ted Heath (bandleader) - Heath arranged a stint at the Winter Gardens at Blackpool in 1946, a Scandinavian tour, a fortnight at the London Casino with Lena Horne, and backed Ella Fitzgerald at the London Palladium

 

Ziegfeld Follies - In 1946 M-G-M released a third feature motion picture on Ziegfeld's shows entitled "Ziegfeld Follies" with Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, William_Powell, Gene Kelly, Fanny Brice, Red Skelton, Esther Williams, Cyd Charisse, Lucille Ball, Kathryn Grayson, and others performing songs and sketches similar to those from the original Follies


1947

Horne's second marriage was to Lennie Hayton, who was Music Director and one of the premier musical conductors and arrangers at MGM, in December 1947 in Paris add something

 

Lennie Hayton - Lennie Hayton met Lena Horne when both were under contract to MGM. Hayton married Lena Horne in December 1947 in Paris


1949

Greenwich Village - Notable performers there included among others: Pearl Bailey, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Burl Ives, Lead Belly, Anita O'Day, Charlie Parker, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Paul Robeson, Kay Starr, Art Tatum, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Josh White, Teddy Wilson, Lester Young, and The Weavers, who in Christmas 1949, played at the Village Vanguard


1950

From the late 1950s through the 1960s, Horne was a staple of TV variety shows, appearing multiple times on Perry Como's "Kraft Music Hall", "The Ed Sullivan Show", "The Dean Martin Show", and "The Bell Telephone Hour" add something

 

She was blacklisted during the 1950s for her political views add something


1951

Horne wanted to be considered for the role of Julie LaVerne in MGM's 1951 version of "Show Boat" but lost the part to Ava Gardner, a personal friend in real life, due to the Production Code's ban on interracial relationships in films add something

 

Donn Trenner - He worked with Charlie Barnet in 1951 and following this with Jerry Gray, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Georgie Auld, Jerry Fielding, Skinnay Ennis, Les Brown, Dick Haymes, Jack Jones, Lena Horne, Ann-Margret, and Nancy Wilson


1953

Wyatt Ruther - He toured with Lena Horne in 1953 and recorded an album under his own name alongside Milt Hinton in 1955 for RCA Records entitled "Basses Loaded"


1955

Stan Kenton - In July to September, 1955, the year before Feather's letter, Kenton hosted the CBS summer replacement, Music 55, for which he invited Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Louis_Jordan, Cab Calloway, and many other African-American artists to participate


1957

In 1957, a live album entitled, "Lena Horne at the Waldorf-Astoria," became the biggest selling record by a female artist in the history of the RCA-Victor label add something


 

In 1958, Horne was nominated for a Tony award for "Best Actress in a Musical" which, at Lena's request featured her longtime friend Adelaide Hall add something


1960

They separated in the early 1960s, but never divorced; he died in 1971 add something

 

Harry Belafonte - During the 1960s he appeared on TV specials alongside such artists as Julie Andrews, Petula Clark, Lena Horne and Nana Mouskouri


1963

Returning to her roots as a nightclub performer, Horne took part in the March on Washington in August 1963, and continued to work as a performer, both in nightclubs and on television, while releasing well-received record albums add something


1965

Tom Lehrer mentions her in his song "National Brotherhood Week" in the line "Lena Horne and Sheriff Clark are dancing cheek to cheek" referring to her and to Sheriff Jim Clark, of Selma, Alabama, who was responsible for a violent attack on civil rights marchers in 1965 add something


1968

Johnny Mathis - In a 1968 interview, Mathis cited Lena Horne, Nat_King_Cole, and Bing Crosby among his musical influences


1969

Besides two television specials for the BBC , Horne starred in her own U.S. television special in 1969, "Monsanto Night Presents Lena Horne" add something

 

Cornell Dupree - He appeared on the 1969 Lena Horne and Gábor Szabó recording, and on recordings with Archie Shepp, Grover Washington, Jr., Snooky Young and Miles Davis


1970

Additionally, Horne played herself on television programs such as "The Muppet Show", "Sesame Street", and "Sanford and Son" in the 1970s, as well as a 1985 performance on "The Cosby Show" and a 1993 appearance on "A Different World" add something

 

In 1970, she co-starred with Harry Belafonte in the hour-long "Harry & Lena" for ABC; in 1973, she co-starred with Tony Bennett in "Tony and Lena" add something


1975

Guy Barker - After lessons from Clark Terry in 1975, Barker went on in the 1980s to play with John Dankworth, Gil Evans , Lena Horne and Bobby Watson


1976

In the 1976 program "America Salutes Richard Rodgers", she sang a lengthy medley of Rodgers songs with Peggy Lee and Vic Damone add something


1980

In the summer of 1980, Horne, 63 years old and intent on retiring from show business, embarked on a two-month series of benefit concerts sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta add something

 

On April 13, 1980, Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, and host Gene Kelly were all scheduled to appear at a Gala performance at the Metropolitan Opera House to salute the N Y City Center's Joffrey Ballet Company add something


1981

In May 1981, The Nederlander Organization, Michael Frazier, and Fred Walker went on to book Horne for a four-week engagement at the newly named Nederlander Theatre on West 41st Street in New York City add something


1982

The 333-performance Broadway run closed on Horne's 65th birthday, June 30, 1982 add something

 

The tour began a few days later at Tanglewood during the July 4, 1982 weekend add something


1983

A proposed 1983 joint recording project between Horne and Frank Sinatra was ultimately abandoned, and her sole studio recording of the decade was 1988's "The Men in My Life", featuring duets with Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joe Williams add something

 

In 1983, she was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP add something


1984

"The Lady and Her Music" toured 41 cities in the U.S. and Canada through June 17, 1984 add something

 

It played in London for a month in August and ended its run in Stockholm, Sweden, September 14, 1984 add something

 

Quincy Jones - Nineteen years later, Sinatra and Jones teamed up for 1984's "L.A. Is My Lady", after a joint Sinatra-Lena Horne project was abandoned


 

In 1989, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award add something


1990

She continued recording and performing sporadically into the 1990s, disappearing from the public eye in 2000 add something

 

The 1990s found Horne considerably more active in the recording studio - all the more remarkable considering she was approaching her 80th year add something


1993

Following her 1993 performance at a tribute to the musical legacy of her good friend Billy Strayhorn , she decided to record an album composed largely of Strayhorn's and Ellington's songs the following year, "We'll Be Together Again" add something


1995

In 1995, a 'live' album capturing her Supper Club performance was released add something


1998

In 1998, Horne released another studio album, entitled "Being Myself" add something


2000

Thereafter, Horne essentially retired from performing and largely retreated from public view, though she did return to the recording studio in 2000 to contribute vocal tracks on Simon Rattle's "Classic Ellington" album add something


2003

In 2003, ABC announced that Janet Jackson would star as Horne in a television biopic add something


2004

In the weeks following Jackson, Mississippi 's "wardrobe malfunction" debacle during the 2004 Super Bowl, however, "Variety" reported that Horne demanded Jackson, Mississippi be dropped from the project add something


2005

Oprah Winfrey stated to Alicia Keys during a 2005 interview on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that she might possibly consider producing the biopic herself, casting Keys as Horne add something

 

In January 2005, Blue Note Records, her label for more than a decade, announced that "the finishing touches have been put on a collection of rare and unreleased recordings by the legendary Horne made during her time on Blue Note add something


2006

The album, originally titled "Soul" but renamed "Seasons of a Life", was released on January 24, 2006 add something


2007

In 2007, Horne was portrayed by Leslie Uggams as the older Lena and Nikki Crawford as the younger Lena in the stage musical "Stormy Weather" staged at the Pasadena Playhouse in California add something


2009

Leslie Uggams - In January 2009, Uggams played Lena Horne in a production of the stage musical "Stormy Weather" at the Pasadena Playhouse in California


Lena Horne died in 2010 add something

 

Horne died on Mothers Day, May 9, 2010, in New York City of heart failure add something


 

The 83rd Academy awards presented a tribute to Horne by actress Halle Berry at the ceremony held February 27, 2011 add something

 

In 2011, Horne was portrayed by actress Ryan Jillian in a one-woman show titled "Notes from A Horne" staged at the Susan Batson studio in New York City, from November 2011 to February 2012 add something


2018

In 2018, a Forever stamp depicting Horne began to be issued; this made Horne the 41st honoree in the Black Heritage stamp series add something