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Lena Horne

( b. Jun 30, 1917 Brooklyn, New York, USA - d. May 09, 2010 New York, New York, USA ) Female
Relations: Great-grandmother of Jake Cannavale

Biography: Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was born on June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York to Edwin Fletcher Horne, Jr. and Edna Louise Scottron. She danced at the Cotton Club after being pulled out of school at 16 by her mother to audition for the chorus. She sang at nightclubs such as Café Society and the Trocadero. She signed a contract with MGM. She was involved in the Civil Rights movement, and was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP. She married Louis Jones, with whom she had her children Gail and Teddy. She then married Lennie Hayton.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "The Wiz," "Cabin in the Sky," "Stormy Weather," "Meet Me in Las Vegas," "Till the Clouds Roll By," "Ziegfeld Follies," "Words and Music," "Thousands Cheer," "Death of a Gunfighter," "Two Girls and a Sailor," and "The Duke Is Tops." Television credits include: "The Cosby Show," "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," "A Different World," "Sanford and Son," and "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."

Other Awards: Received a star on the Walk of Fame in 1960. Received a Kennedy Center Honor in 1984.

The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in her honor on May 11, 2010.

ProductionsDate of Productions
Lena Horne: "The Lady and Her Music"
[Special, Concert, Original]
  • Starring: Lena Horne [Performer]
May 12, 1981 - Jun 30, 1982
Tony & Lena Sing
[Special, Concert, Original]
  • Performer: Lena Horne
Oct 30, 1974 - Nov 24, 1974
[Musical, Original]
  • Starring: Lena Horne [Savannah]
Oct 31, 1957 - Apr 11, 1959
Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1939
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Performer: Lena Horne [Performer]
Feb 11, 1939 - Feb 18, 1939
Dance With Your Gods
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Lena Horne [A Quadronne Girl]
Oct 06, 1934 - Oct 13, 1934
1981 Tony Award® Special Award
winner Lena Horne: "The Lady and Her Music" [recipient]
Starring: Lena Horne
1981 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical
winner Lena Horne: "The Lady and Her Music" [winner]
Starring: Lena Horne
1958 Tony Award® Best Actress in a Musical
Jamaica [nominee]
Starring: Lena Horne
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