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


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  Darker Than You Think (performer: "I'd Know you Anywhere", "Stormy Weather") (announced)
 2016 I Am Not Your Negro (Documentary) (performer: "Stormy Weather")
 2015 American Dad! (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- A Star Is Reborn (2015) ... (performer: "Where or When")
 2012 Nostalgia Critic (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Wiz (2012) ... (performer: "If You Believe In Yourself (Reprise)")
 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 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")
 2000 The Others (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Ones That Lie in Wait (2000) ... (performer: "Stormy Weather")
 1997 Chicago Cab (performer: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas")
 1997 Déjà Vu (performer: "Where Or When")
 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)
- The last Tonight Show (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")
 1986 Sesame Street: Learning About Letters (Video short) (performer: "The Alphabet Song" - uncredited)
 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 Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Stormy Weather")
 1974 That's Entertainment! (Documentary) (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)
- Robert Horton, Lena Horne, Corbett Monica (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)
 1957 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #10.23 (1957) ... (performer: "It's Love", "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)", "It's Alright with Me")
 1955-1956 MGM Parade (TV Series documentary) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.22 (1956) ... (performer: "Love")
- Episode #1.6 (1955) ... (performer: "Ain't It the Truth" - uncredited)
 1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas (performer: "If You Can Dream")
 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: "Somebody Loves Me", "Brazilian Boogie")
 1943 Swing Fever (performer: "You're So Indifferent")
 1943 I Dood It (performer: "Jericho" (1919))
 1943 Thousands Cheer (performer: "Honeysuckle Rose" - uncredited)
 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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Stage: Appeared (as "Savannah") in "Jamaica" on Broadway. Musical. Book by E.Y. Harburg (also lyrics) and Fred Saidy. Music by Harold Arlen. Musical Direction / Continuity / Vocals by Lehman Engel. Dance Music / Additional Vocals by Peter Matz. Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang. Choreographed by Jack Cole. Production Stage Manager:... See more »

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


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I was unique in that I was a kind of black that white people could accept. I was their daydream. I had the worst kind of acceptance because it was never for how great I was or what I contributed. It was because of the way I looked. See more »


While at MGM, her appearances in movies were shot so that they could be cut easily from the film. This was because MGM feared audiences of the day--but especially in the South--would not accept a beautiful black woman in romantic, non-menial roles. Many in the business believed that this was the main reason she lost out on playing the mulatto "Julie" in MGM's remake of Show Boat (1951). ... See more »


Her sweet and sultry alto vocal range

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