Farewell, Lena!

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Lena Horne June 30, 1917 - May 9, 2010

Actress. Singer. Activist.  These are the roles that legendary entertainer, Lena Horne was known and respected for in her lifetime.  Grace, dignity, and elegance were synonymous with her name and it was those characteristics that inspired the generations of women who admired her.  Ms. Horne fought tirelessly for racial equality, participating in civil rights marches and serving with the National Council of Negro Women, and refusing to take roles that were racial stereotypes.  During a career that spanned seven decades she starred on Broadway in Jamaica and  later, Lena Horne: The Lady And Her Music.

I first became introduced to Lena Horne through sitcoms and movies later on in her career.  There was the episode of Sanford and son, where she visited Fred’s home.  Then, she was the fairy god-mother in The Wiz.  Finally, one of my favorites was when she appeared on The Cosby Show.  That one was a keeper.  My personal favorite of her performances is one of her screen musicals, Cabin In The Sky.  It’s a must see.  More details on Ms. Horne’s career, here.  Farewell, Ms. Lena Horne.  Farewell.

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