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Lena Horne (1917–2010)

Lena Calhoun Horne was born June 30, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York. In her biography she stated that on the day she was born, her father was in the midst of a card game trying to get money to pay the hospital costs. Her parents divorced while she was still a toddler. Her mother left later in order to find work as an actress and Lena was left in the ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

That's Entertainment! III
That's Entertainment! III Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
Boogie-Woogie Dream
The Family Man
The Family Man Soundtrack


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  Darker Than You Think (performer: "I'd Know you Anywhere", "Stormy Weather") (announced)
 2015 American Dad! (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- A Star Is Reborn (2015) ... (performer: "Where or When")
 2011 American Horror Story (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Spooky Little Girl (2011) ... (performer: "Good For Nothin' Joe" - uncredited)
 2011 Homeland (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Achilles Heel (2011) ... (writer: "Watch What Happens" - uncredited)
 2010 Michael Feinstein's American Songbook (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Best Band in the Land (2010) ... (performer: "The Man I Love")
 2009 Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)", "Day In - Day Out")
 2009 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression (Video documentary) (performer: "I Know You Remember" - uncredited)
 2007 A Life in Words and Music (Video short) ("The Lady Is a Tramp")
 2006 Take the Lead (performer: "I Got Rhythm (Take the Lead Remix)", "I Got Rhythm")
 2004 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (performer: "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas")
 2003 Miss Match (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Santa, Baby (2003) ... (performer: "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas")
 2002 Sinatra: The Classic Duets (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)" - uncredited)
 2002 Six Feet Under (TV Series) (1 episode)
- I'll Take You (2002) ... ("Back in My Baby's Arms")
 2000 The Family Man (performer: "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow")
 1997 Déjà Vu (performer: "Where Or When")
 1997 Chicago Cab (performer: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas")
 1997 Lolita (performer: "Stormy Weather")
 1994 That's Entertainment! III (Documentary) (performer: "Where or When" (1937), "Just One of Those Things" (1935), "Ain't It the Truth" (1942), "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" (1927) - uncredited)
 1994 The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (performer: "A Fine Romance")
 1992 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 22 May 1992 (1992) ... (performer: "Stormy Weather" (1933) - uncredited)
 1990 Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (performer: "Stormy Weather")
 1988 Entertaining the Troops (Documentary) (performer: "The Man I Love")
 1987 Beyond Therapy (performer: "Someone To Watch Over Me")
 1984 DTV: Golden Oldies (Video) (performer: "Stormy Weather")
 1981 The 35th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (performer: "If You Believe")
 1980 Sesame Street (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- 1364 (1980) ... (performer: "It's not Easy Being Green")
 1978 The Wiz (performer: "Tornado/Glinda's Theme", "If You Believe In Yourself (Reprise)")
 1976 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Lena Horne (1976) ... (performer: "I Got a Name", "Sing")
 1976 That's Entertainment, Part II (Documentary) (performer: "The Lady Is a Tramp" (1937) - uncredited)
 1974 That's Entertainment! (performer: "Honeysuckle Rose" (1929) - uncredited)
 1969 Death of a Gunfighter (performer: "SWEET APPLE WINE")
 1967 The Dean Martin Show (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #3.12 (1967) ... (performer: "I'll Plant My Own Tree", "Someday My Prince Will Come")
- Episode #3.6 (1967) ... (performer: "Softly, as I Leave You", "You'd Better Love Me", "Bummin' Around", "There Will Never Be Another You", "They Can't Take That Away from Me", "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries", "I Want to Be Happy", "Together" - uncredited)
 1967 The Hollywood Palace (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #5.3 (1967) ... (performer: "Make Me Rainbows", "Stormy Weather")
 1965 Now (Documentary short) (performer: "Now")
 1964 The Twentieth Century (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Songs of Harold Arlen (1964) ... (performer: "It's a New World")
 1962 At This Very Moment (TV Special) (performer: "From This Moment On")
 1960 The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: To the Ladies (TV Special) (performer: "Ring the Bell", "But Beautiful", "From This Moment On", "As Long As I Live", "One for My Baby", "Stormy Weather", "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea", "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" - uncredited)
 1960 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #12.14 (1960) ... (performer: "My Heart Is a Hobo", "Polka Dots and Moonbeams", "You Don't Have to Know the Language", "Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)", "Cuckoo in the Clock", "Yellow Bird", "Listen to the Mocking Bird", "When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along" - uncredited)
 1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas (performer: "If You Can Dream")
 1955 MGM Parade (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (1955) ... (performer: "Ain't It the Truth" - uncredited)
 1950 Duchess of Idaho (performer: "Baby Come Out of the Clouds")
 1948 Words and Music (performer: "The Lady Is a Tramp", "Where or When")
 1946 Till the Clouds Roll By (performer: "Show Boat", "Why Was I Born?" (uncredited))
 1946 Studio Visit (Short) (performer: "Ain't It the Truth" - uncredited)
 1945 Ziegfeld Follies (performer: "Love")
 1944 Boogie-Woogie Dream (Short) (performer: "Unlucky Woman")
 1944 Two Girls and a Sailor (performer: "Paper Doll" (1915) - uncredited)
 1944 Broadway Rhythm (performer: "Brazilian Boogie", "Somebody Loves Me")
 1943 Swing Fever (performer: "You're So Indifferent")
 1943 Thousands Cheer (performer: "Honeysuckle Rose" - uncredited)
 1943 I Dood It (performer: "Jericho" (1919))
 1943 Stormy Weather (performer: "There's No Two Ways About Love" (1943), "At a Georgia Camp Meeting" (1897), "De Camptown Races" (1849), "Diga Diga Doo" (1928), "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" (1928), "Stormy Weather" (1933) - uncredited)
 1943 Cabin in the Sky (performer: "Life Is Full of Consequence" (1943), "Honey in the Honeycomb" (1940) (uncredited))
 1942 Panama Hattie (performer: "Just One of Those Things" (1935), "The Sping" (1942) (uncredited))
 1938 The Duke Is Tops (performer: "I Know You Remember", "Don't Let Our Love Song Turn Into a Blues" - uncredited)
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(1980s) TV commercial: Sanka coffee. See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 4 Print Biographies | 6 Articles | 7 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


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In my early days I was a sepia Hedy Lamarr. Now I'm black and a woman, singing my own way. See more »


In Charles Whiting's book "The Long March on Rome", he reports that she refused to appear before racially segregated United States Army audiences in World War II Italy--since the army was officially segregated, the policy was to have one show solely for white troops and another show solely for black troops. Horne insisted on performing for mixed audiences, and since the United States Army refused... See more »

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