Lena Horne, Legendary Jazz Singer, Dies at 92

Kim Conte
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Lena Horne -- the trailblazing black jazz singer and actress who was probably best known for her rendition of "Stormy Weather" -- died Sunday at age 92. She's survived by her daughter -- journalist and author Gail Lumet Buckley.

Horne's New York Times obituary notes that she "might have become a major movie star, but she was born 50 years too early, and languished at MGM in the 1940s because of the color of her skin." 

In addition to combating racial discrimination in her professional life, Horne was very involved with the Civil Rights Movement: She was one of the first black performers to sing with a major white band, the first to play the Copacabana nightclub, and the first to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio. In addition to Stormy Weather, she's also known for her roles in Cabin in the Sky and The Wiz.

Our thoughts are with her family -- Lena Horne will certainly be missed.

 

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