Monday, May 10, 2010
LENA HORNE: R.I.P.
The divine Lena Horne has died. She was a Broadway and Hollywood star who lived a life filled with controversy.
While at MGM in the 40's and 50's she was never allowed to appear or even speak to a white person on film. She usually appeared in musical sequences, except for "Cabin In The Sky" and "Stormy Weather" - the two films which made her a household name.
She came back to Broadway in the 70's with "Lena Horne - A Lady and Her Music" which combined her life story told through song and some pretty incredible singing for a 70-year-old woman. Get that recording if you can and listen to it!
We will never see the likes of her again. Elegant, stylish, beautiful and talented: that was Lena!