Jun 30, 1917
Brooklyn, New York, USA
May 09, 2010
New York, New York, USA
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.

On November 1, 2022, she became the first Black woman to have a Broadway theatre named after her.
Lena Horne: "The Lady and Her Music" (May 12, 1981 - Jun 30, 1982)
  • Starring: Lena Horne [Performer]
Tony & Lena Sing (Oct 30, 1974 - Nov 24, 1974)
  • Performer: Lena Horne
Jamaica (Oct 31, 1957 - Apr 11, 1959)
  • Starring: Lena Horne [Savannah]
Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1939 (Feb 11, 1939 - Feb 18, 1939)
  • Performer: Lena Horne [Performer]
Dance With Your Gods (Oct 06, 1934 - Oct 13, 1934)
  • Performer: Lena Horne [A Quadronne Girl]
Pal Joey (Apr 21, 1978 - Sep 30, 1978)
  • Starring: Lena Horne [Vera Simpson]

Tony Award®

Special Award

1981 | Recipient  | Lena Horne: "The Lady and Her Music"
Starring: Lena Horne

Best Actress in a Musical

1958 | Nominee  | Jamaica
Starring: Lena Horne

Drama Desk Award

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

1981 | Winner  | Lena Horne: "The Lady and Her Music"
Starring: Lena Horne


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