Legendary Singer and Actress Lena Horne has died.  She was 92.  Lena Horne battled Racism during her Career and broke down Color lines in Hollywood, becoming the first African American Sex Symbol.  Her Son-in-law Kevin Buckley reported that Ms. Horne died Sunday Night at Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. 

Ms. Horne quit school at age 16 to work in the the Harlem Cotton Club.  She came to Hollywood in the 1930’s and worked in numerous movies including ‘Stormy Weather’ and ‘Cabin In The Sky’.   Although Lena was very successful, she never quite reached her full potential according to Hollywood’s standards. She was one of the first African American Actors to get signed to a contract with a major Movie Studio (MGM).   With her beauty, it was believed that her possibilities would be limitless, but Lena was very outspoken, voiced her progressive views and became a voice in the Civil Right Movement.  She was black-listed by Hollywood for several years.   

Lena returned to her roots as a Nightclub Performer and her Career flourished.  Her One Woman Show ‘Lena Horne: The Lady and her Music’ ran for 300 shows.  She has won several Awards and recognitions for her music and her contributions to the Civil Rights movement.

Lena is survived by her Daughter Gail Buckley and Son-in-law  Kevin Buckley, Grand-daughters Jenny Lumet and Amy Lumet.  Her Husband Lenny Hayton and son Teddy Jones preceeded her in death.

Ms. Horne will be missed!  Her family is in my thoughts and prayers!

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