Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) was an American singer, actress, and dancer.
There is not an entertainer alive that doesn't stand on the shoulders of Lena Horne. She was one of the first African-Americans to have cross-over appeal and was a rare gem who excelled, even in a segregated America. She will truly be missed.
"Horne joined the mike chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of sixteen and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood, where she had small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts in the films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather.
Horne announced her retirement in March 1980, but the next year starred in a one woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, which ran for more than three hundred performances on Broadway, and earned her numerous awards and accolades, and she would continue recording and performing sporadically into the 1990s."
[Taken from Wikipedia]
Lena Horne was a soror of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.