Lena Horne (1917–2010)

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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 9 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


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Cabin in the Sky Georgia Brown
The Wiz Glinda the Good
Ziegfeld Follies Lena Horne ('Love')
Stormy Weather Selina Rogers


Hide Hide Show Show Actress (22 credits)
 1993 A Different World (TV Series)
Lena Horne
- A Rock, a River, a Lena (1993) ... Lena Horne
 1985 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Lena Horne
- Cliff's Birthday (1985) ... Lena Horne
 1978 The Wiz
Glinda the Good
 1973 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Lena Horne
- A Visit from Lena Horne (1973) ... Lena Horne
 1969 Death of a Gunfighter
Claire Quintana
 1968-1969 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Guest Starring Connie Stevens (1969) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
- Guest Starring Kate Smith, Vincent Price and Rich Little (1968) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
- Guest Starring Robert Culp and France Nuyen (1968) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
 1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas
Lena Horne
 1950 Duchess of Idaho
Lena Horne
 1948 Words and Music
Lena Horne
 1946 Till the Clouds Roll by
Julie LaVerne (segment "Show Boat") / Lena Horne
 1945 Ziegfeld Follies
Lena Horne ('Love')
 1944 Two Girls and a Sailor
Lena Horne
 1944 Broadway Rhythm
Fernway de la Fer
 1943 Swing Fever
Lena Horne
 1943 I Dood It
Lena Horne
 1943 Thousands Cheer
Lena Horne
 1943 Stormy Weather
Selina Rogers
 1943 Cabin in the Sky
Georgia Brown
 1942 Panama Hattie
Singer in Phil's Place (uncredited)
 1938 The Duke Is Tops
Ethel Andrews
 1935 Cab Calloway's Jitterbug Party (Short)
Cotton Club Dancer (uncredited)
Show Show Soundtrack (62 credits)
Show Show Thanks (2 credits)
Show Show Self (108 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (59 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "A Quadronne Girl"; Broadway debut) in "Dance With Your Gods" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Kenneth Perkins. Directed by Robert B. Sinclair. Mansfield Theatre: 6 Oct 1934-Oct 1934 (closing date unknown/9 performances). Cast: John Antiga, Oliver Barbour (as "William Simpson"), Edna Barr, Cuto Beauchamp, Amelia ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 5 Print Biographies | 7 Articles | 7 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


5' 5" (1.65 m)

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Personal Quote:

in Brian Lanker's book "I Dream A World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America", New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1986)] My own people didn't see me as a performer because they were busy trying to make a living and feed themselves. Until I got to café society in the '40s, I didn't even have a black audience and then it was mixed. I was always battling the system to try to get to be with... See more »


Lived in Manhattan's fabled West Side apartment building, the Apthorp, whose residents include Rosie O'Donnell, Conan O'Brien, Steve Kroft, Cyndi Lauper and Kate Nelligan. See more »


Her sweet and sultry alto vocal range

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