Lena Horne

Singer, Actor, Chorine
One of the greatest American artists of all time, Lena Horne endured more than her fair share of "Stormy Weather" as the title of her 1943 film and sultry signature song implied. Yet the chanteuse and actress - who ... Read more »
Born: 06/30/1917 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (46)

Oprah Winfrey's Legends' Ball 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Then I'll Be Free To Travel Home 1999 (Movie)

Host (Actor)

Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

An Evening With Lena Horne 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Lyrically Speaking (11/17/94) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Century of Women 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

One on One: Classic Television Interviews 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

Song Performer (Actor)

The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

Aretha Franklin: Duets 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Essence Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway: The Great White Way 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Jumpin' Jive 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

16th Annual Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

That's What Friends Are For: AIDS Concert '88 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual Grammy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Carnegie Hall: The Grand Reopening 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Entertaining the Troops 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Cosby Show 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wiz 1978 (Movie)

Glinda the Good (Actor)

Amazing Grace: America in Song 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Keep U.S. Beautiful 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry and Lena 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Death of a Gunfighter 1969 (Movie)

Claire Quintana (Actor)

Meet Me in Las Vegas 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

Words and Music 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

Broadway Rhythm 1943 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cabin in the Sky 1942 (Movie)

Georgia Brown (Actor)

Stormy Weather 1942 (Movie)

Selina Rogers (Actor)

The Duke Is Tops 1938 (Movie)

Ethel (Actor)

I Dood It (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Panama Hattie (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Paul Robeson: Here I Stand (TV Show)

Actor

Swing Fever (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Thousands Cheer (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Till the Clouds Roll By (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

Two Girls and a Sailor (Movie)

Specialty (Actor)

Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

Singer (Actor)
Music (5)

Take the Lead 2006 (Movie)

("I Got Rhythm (Take The Lead Remix)") (Song Performer)

The Family Man 2000 (Movie)

("Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow") (Song Performer)

Lolita 1998 (Movie)

song performer f("Stormy Weather") (Song Performer)

Beyond Therapy 1987 (Movie)

("Someone to Watch Over Me") (Song Performer)

The Wiz 1978 (Movie)

("Believe in Yourself") (Song Performer)

Biography

One of the greatest American artists of all time, Lena Horne endured more than her fair share of "Stormy Weather" as the title of her 1943 film and sultry signature song implied. Yet the chanteuse and actress - who possessed one of the most lush voices in the history of recorded music - broke down barriers, not only with performances of memorable songs like "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Black Coffee," but also for speaking out about the prejudice she experienced during her early years as a contract player at MGM and the subsequent hardships she experienced throughout her time in the entertainment business. The recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor in 1984, the elegant actress was a legend with a cause. Horne sang her pain, acted through intolerance, and fought long and hard to erase color lines.

Relationships

Gail Buckley

Daughter
Born c. 1937 father, Louis Jones married to writer Kevin Buckley formerly married to film director Sidney Lumet and mother of Screenwriter Jenny Lumet

Lennie Hayton Music

Wife
Worked on many MGM musicals of the 1940s Married in Paris Dec. 14, 1947 Separated in the early 1960s, but never divorced; Hayton died April 24, 1971 Horne later revealed in 1980 Ebony interview she had married Hayton to advance her career and cross the "color line" in show business

Ted Horne

Father
Was a numbers kingpin in the gambling trade divorced from Horne's mother c. 1920 and left the family when Lena was three reunited with Lena in the 1930s died in 1970

Edwin Horne

Grandfather
Co-founded the United Colored Democracy helped to raise Lena Horne

Cora Horne

Grandmother
Helped to raised Lena Horne

Frank Horne

Uncle
Was an adviser to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the dean of students at Fort Valley Junior Industrial Institute in Fort Valley, GA

Louis Jones

Husband

Teddy Jones

Son
Born c. 1940 father, Louis Jones died c. 1970 of kidney failure at age 30

Jenny Lumet

Granddaughter
Born in 1967 daughter of filmmaker Sidney Lumet and journalist Gail Lumet Buckley known for her award-winning screenplay "Rachel Getting Married" (2008)

Edna Scotchron

Mother
Member of Harlem's Lafayette stock company divorced from Horne's father c. 1920

EDUCATION

Washington High School

Atlanta , Georgia

Girls High School

Brooklyn , New York
Now known as Boys and Girls High School; dropped out without earning a diploma

Milestones

2006

A collection of rare and unreleased recordings were released by Blue Note Records, Seasons of a Life

2004

Appeared as herself in the celebration of MGM's golden years "The Masters Behind the Musicals"

2000

Briefly returned to the recording studio to contribute vocal tracks on Simon Rattle's Classic Ellington album

1998

Released her final studio album, Being Myself

1994

Co-hosted the documentary compilation "That's Entertainment III," saluting the halcyon days of the MGM musical

1994

Recorded an album composed largely of Strayhorn's and Ellington's songs, We'll Be Together Again

1994

Made her final concert performances at New York's Supper Club and Carnegie Hall; a live album of these concerts were released the following year

1989

Appeared as herself in the feature documentary, "Entertaining the Troops"

1988

Recorded the album The Men In My Life, featuring duets with Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joe Williams

1981

Starred on Broadway in the long-running one-woman concert show "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music"

1978

Returned to films after another lengthy absence to play Glinda the Good Witch in the all-black re-telling of "The Wizard of Oz," entitled "The Wiz"

1976

Gave a memorable appearance in "America Salutes Richard Rodgers," where she sang a lengthy medley of Rodgers songs with Peggy Lee and Vic Damone

1974

Toured England and the United States with Tony Bennett

1969

Co-starred with Harry Belafonte in the hour long "Harry & Lena" for ABC

1968

Starred in her own U.S. television special "Monsanto Night Presents Lena Horne"

1968

Returned to films playing a dramatic role in "Death of a Gunfighter"

1958

Starred on Broadway in the Calypso musical "Jamaica"; received a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical

1956

Appeared in the musical "Meet Me in Las Vegas"

1950

Appeared in last film for six years, "Duchess of Idaho," starring Esther Williams

1944

Featured in the musical "Ziegfeld Follies," where she performed "Love" by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane

1942

Had a lead role in the all-black musical "Cabin in the Sky"

1942

Made debut in a leading role in "Stormy Weather"; also performed the title song

1941

Signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, becoming the first black performer to sign a long-term contract with a major Hollywood studio

1941

First film with MGM, "Panama Hattie"

1940

Replaced Dinah Shore as the featured vocalist on NBC's popular jazz series "The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street"

1940

Toured with bandleader Charlie Barnet

1938

Made her film debut in "The Duke Is Tops"

1934

Made her stage debut in "Dance with Your Gods"

1933

Joined the chorus line of the Cotton Club in New York City at age 16

Popular songs include "Honey Suckle Rose Room" and "Honeysuckle Rose Room".

Known for such albums as "Stormy Weather" and "We'll Be Together Again"

Blacklisted by movie and TV industries in the early 1950s for her political views

Toured as a singer with Noble Sissle's Orchestra

Bonus Trivia

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Horne received an honorary degree from Fordham University in 1997.

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Horne received an honorary degree from Yale in 1998.

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Horne was at the March on Washington and spoke and performed on behalf of the NAACP, SNCC and the National Council of Negro Women.

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