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Lena Horne
Horne in her stage show, Nine O'Clock Revue, 1961.
Background information
Birth name Lena Mary Calhoun Horne
Born (1917-06-30)June 30, 1917
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Died May 9, 2010(2010-05-09) (aged 92)
New York City, U.S.
Genres Broadway, traditional pop, vocal jazz
Occupations Singer, dancer, actress, civil rights activist, recording artist
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1933–2000
Labels MGM, RCA Victor, United Artists, Blue Note, Qwest/Warner Bros. Records
Associated acts Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett, Vic Damone, Judy Garland, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis, Jr., Barbra Streisand, Teddy Wilson

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) was an American singer, actress, civil rights activist and dancer. Her first break was as a dancer in the chorus line of the Cotton Club in New York City, 1933.

Horne was in many movies such as in Stormy Weather, The Wiz, Ziegfeld Follies, Till the Clouds Roll By, Death of a Gunfighter, and in The Duke is Tops. She won an Tony Award and an Drama Desk Award for her singing.

Horne was born on June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York City. She was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and in New York City. Horne was married to Louis Jones from 1937 until they divorced in 1944. They had two children. Then she was married to Lennie Hayton from 1947 until his death in 1971. Horne died on May 9, 2010 in New York City, New York from heart failure, aged 92.

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