|Lena Horne Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 5 in|
|Date of Birth||June 30, 1917|
|Date of Death||May 9, 2010|
Lena Horne was an American dancer, actor, singer, and civil rights activist whose career spanned over 70 years with her working in various films, television projects, and theatre productions. She also released multiple albums including Lena Like Latin, Soul, Lena Horne Sings Your Requests, Lena in Hollywood, and Nature’s Baby. Lena Horne advocated for human rights and participated in the March on Washington in August 1963. She was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6282 Hollywood Blvd. and for Motion Pictures at 6250 Hollywood Blvd.
Lena Mary Calhoun Horne
Noble Sissle’s Swingsters
She was born on June 30, 1917.
On May 9, 2010, she died of congestive heart failure at the age of 92 in New York City, New York, United States.
Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Lena Horne studied at St Peter Claver School in Brooklyn. Afterward, she enrolled at Girls High School, an all-girls public high school in Brooklyn. However, she dropped out of high school.
She received music lessons from musicians Billy Strayhorn and Billy Eckstine.
Dancer, Actor, Singer, Civil Rights Activist
- Father – Edwin Fletcher “Teddy” Horne Jr. (1893-1970) (Once owned a hotel and restaurant)
- Mother – Edna Louise Scottron (Actor)
- Others – Edwin Fletcher Horne, Sr. (Paternal Grandfather), Cora Catherine Calhoun Horne (Paternal Grandmother) (Black Suffragist, Civil Rights Activist, Socialite), Cyrus L. Scottron (Maternal Grandfather), Louise Ashton Logan (Maternal Grandmother), Errol Stanley (Paternal Uncle), Frank Smith Horne (Paternal Uncle) (Lyricist, Poet, Dean of students at Fort Valley Junior Industrial Institute, Government Official, Adviser to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt), John Burke (Paternal Uncle), Jenny Lumet (Granddaughter) (Screenwriter, Actor), Amy Lumet (Granddaughter), Thomas (Grandson), William (Grandson), Samadhi (Granddaughter), Lena (Granddaughter), Jake Cannavale (Great-Grandson) (Actor, Musician)
R&B, Soul, Broadway, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz
MGM, RCA Victor, United Artists, Blue Note Records, Qwest/Warner Bros.
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, she had a net worth of $30 Million.
5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
54 kg or 119 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Lena Horne had dated –
- Billy Strayhorn – She was smitten with jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger Billy Strayhorn and went on to say that she would have married him if he had been heteros*xual. He served as her professional mentor and helped her improve her singing technique.
- George Jessel
- Frank Sinatra
- Orson Welles
- Artie Shaw
- Vincente Minnelli
- Louis Jordan Jones (1937-1940) – In January 1937, Lena Horne got married to Louis Jordan Jones. Their first child, a daughter named Gail (later known as Gail Lumet Buckley, a writer), was born on December 21, 1937. Their son Edwin Jones was born on February 7, 1940, and he died of kidney disease on September 12, 1970. Lena and Jones separated in 1940 and divorced in 1944.
- Joe Louis
- Billy Eckstine (1944)
- Lennie Hayton – Lena Horne married musician and arranger Lennie Hayton in December 1947 in Paris but they separated in the early 1960s. However, they never divorced and remained married until his death in 1971.
Race / Ethnicity
Mixed (Black and White)
Lena Horne was of African-American and English descent.
Salt and Pepper
Sweet and sultry alto vocal range
Lena Horne had been cast in TV commercials for –
- Sanka coffee (the 1980s)
- Bran Flakes cereal (1988)
- The Gap clothing store chain (1997)
Lena Horne Facts
- When she was 3 years old, her father left the family.
- Lena Horne was raised mainly by her paternal grandparents.
- In 1991, she was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.
- She was a lifelong liberal Democrat.
- Lena Horne made her last public appearance in 1999.
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