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A woman of great beauty and commanding stage presence, she performed in nightclubs, concert halls, movies, and on radio and television.
Her father, Edwin "Teddy" Horne, who worked in the gambling trade, left the family when Lena was three. Her mother, Edna, was an actress with an African American theater troupe and traveled extensively.
Horne was mainly raised by her grandparents, Cora Calhoun and Edwin Horne. Yet, she still moved a great deal in her early years because her mother often took her with her on the road. The constant moving resulted in Lena having an education that was often interrupted.
From an early age Horne had ambitions of becoming a performer—much against the wishes of her family, who felt she should have higher goals. The Hornes were an established middle class family, with several members holding college degrees and distinguished positions in organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP and the Urban League a group that worked to increase the economic and political power of minorities and to end discrimination based on race.
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In she became the featured singer with the Noble Sissle Society Orchestra, which performed at many first-rate hotel ballrooms and nightclubs. She left Sissle in to perform as a "single" in a variety of New York City clubs.
Experiences unequal treatment because of race In Horne married minor politician Louis Jones, by whom she had a daughter, Gail, and a son, Edwin they separated in and divorced in Horne left Barnet in Her career received an immediate boost from entertainment manager John Hammond, who got her a long engagement at the famous Cafe Society Downtown, a club in New York City.
It was at the Cafe Society that Horne learned about African American history, politics, and culture and developed a new appreciation of her heritage. She rekindled her acquaintance with Paul Robeson —whom she had known as a child.
She felt she needed to be a part of that movement. From that point onward, Horne became a significant voice in the struggle for equality and justice for African Americans in the United States. Film career begins In a long booking at the SavoyPlaza Hotel, which brought Horne national coverage and a number of movie appearances, established her as the highest-paid African American entertainer in the United States.
She was signed to a seven-year contract with the movie studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer MGM —the first African American woman since to sign a term contract with a film studio. She was not dark enough in color to star with many of the African American actors of the day and her roles in white films were limited, since Hollywood was not ready to portray interracial relationships on screen.
Another major role followed in Stormy Weather and then some nonspeaking roles in Broadway RhythmTwo Girls and a Sailorand a musical biography of Rodgers and Hart, Words and Music She refused to take on any roles that were disrespectful to her as a woman of color. Works for civil rights Horne, despite her great fame, continued to experience humiliating racial discrimination wrongful treatment because of raceand in the late s she sued a number of restaurants and theaters for race discrimination and also began working with Paul Robeson in the Progressive Citizens of America, a political group opposing racism.
She also assisted Eleanor Roosevelt — in her mission for antilynching legislation laws making it illegal to hang a person accused of a crime without a trial.
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After the war Horne worked on behalf of Japanese Americans who faced discrimination. In she married a white bandleader, Lennie Hayton, a marriage that was kept secret for three years because of racial pressures. Until his death inHayton was also her pianist, arranger, conductor, and manager.
In the mids Horne made a movie appearance in Meet Me in Las Vegas and recorded for the first time in five years. In she drew record crowds to the Empire Room of the Waldorf-Astoria, and in and she starred in a Broadway musical, Jamaica. She participated in the March on Washington inperformed at rallies in the South and elsewhere, and worked on behalf of the National Council for Negro Women.
During the same period, she was also very visible on television, appearing on popular variety shows and in her own special, Lena in Concert, in In Horne starred in the movie Death of a Gunfighter.
In Horne had her greatest triumph, a Broadway show called Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, which was the talk of show business for fourteen months. It won a special Tony award, and the soundtrack won two Grammy awards.Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, in Gary, Indiana, to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse) and Joe Jackson, a urbanagricultureinitiative.com is the youngest of ten children.
After her birth, her brothers formed a band later called The Jackson 5. Lena Horne, Soundtrack: Cabin in the Sky.
Lena Calhoun Horne was born June 30, , in Brooklyn, New York.
In her biography she stated that on the day she was born, her father was in the midst of a card game trying to get money to pay the hospital costs. Her parents divorced while she was still a toddler.
Her mother left later in order to find work . Find Lena Horne biography and history on AllMusic - Singer/actress Lena Horne's primary occupation.
Lena Calhoun Horne was born June 30, , in Brooklyn, New York. In her biography she stated that on the day she was born, her father was in the.
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