Her albums included Stormy Weather, Lena Horne at the Coconut Grove, and Lena Horne at the Waldorf-Astoria. When Horne was five, she was sent to live in Georgia. Horne was raised principally by her grandparents, Cora Calhoun and Edwin Horne. After two years in Sissle, Horne left to perform solo in a number of New York City clubs. However, Pavarotti's plane was diverted over the Atlantic and he was unable to appear. What do you think I should do? Personal life Horne married Louis Jordan Jones in January 1937 in Pittsburgh. Lena Horne was the first African-American elected to serve on the Screen Actors Guild board of directors.
Music is just a part of her story. When Brewer received his first call from Lena Horne on November 8, 1952, it was four days after Adlai Stevenson lost the presidential election. Her mother, Edna Louise Scottron 1895—1985 , daughter of inventor Samuel R. Horne made her Hollywood nightclub debut at Felix Young's Little Troc on the Sunset Strip in January 1942. Later, as the civil-rights era was starting, Horne sided with Malcolm X over Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lena Horne and Richard Schickel, Lena New York: Doubleday, 1965. In 1937 Horne married minor politician Louis Jones, by whom she had a daughter and a son they separated in 1940 and divorced in 1944. In 1982 she took the production on a very successful cross-country tour. By the mid-1950s, though, Horne was cleared of these charges. Nevertheless, Lena persisted, and in 1933 she began her first professional engagement, at the Cotton Club, the famed Harlem nightclub.
She was a goddess with a honey-sweet voice. Horne also published her own memoir, Lena, in 1965. When an entertainer had been named in Red Channels, his or her only hope of working again was often to —naming names and disavowing communist connections in emphatic terms. Over the next six years, they moved often, and while her mother performed or looked for work, Horne stayed with family friends, relatives, or residents of the houses in which she and her mother boarded. Death Lena Horne died of heart failure on May 9, 2010, in New York City. James Gavin, Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne New York: Atria Books, 2009.
In the fall of 1947, Horne went to Europe with Lennie Hayton, a white musician she had met in Hollywood. Which is to say, it had him quiet. Lena Horne born 1917 was one of the most popular Black entertainers of the 20th century. It was not until 1981 that she fully returned, making a triumphant comeback with a one-person show on Broadway. Husband and Children Horne was married to Louis Jones from 1937 to 1944, and they had two children.
Her name had appeared in Red Channels, a report that listed more than 100 entertainers who appeared to have communist leanings. In 1941 she returned to New York to work at the Café Society nightclub, popular with both black and white artists and intellectuals. During this short and troubled marriage, Horne went to Hollywood to appear in an all-black film called The Duke Is Tops. However, the decade offered a variety of opportunities for Horne to perform. In 1939 she had a role in the musical revue Blackbirds of 1939 at the Hudson Theatre in New York City; it ran for only eight nights. Ted, who showed great promise, died young.
Finally, he exhorted her to devote her life to making the country a better place, to eradicate her pain by helping people everywhere. She got parts after that, but none of them were leads. The ashtray struck the man on his forehead and police were called in. Their silver-green caps were barely coming up, only a few proud of the ground. Ultimately, Gardner's voice was overdubbed by actress Annette Warren Smith for the theatrical release. From 1927 to 1929 she lived with her uncle, Frank S.
Photo Lena Horne in 1942. My skin has grown around it. Read on to know more about her life and works. Interviews with and testimonies from scores of ex-communists confirm that this organization and this affair were carefully designed to draw people like Horne to the communist cause. Lena Horne was a woman of great beauty and majesty: the eyes sparkled vivaciously and the mouth curled with seething emotion. He suggested himself as her ghostwriter, and she took him up on his offer. She also worked with Eleanor Roosevelt to pass anti-lynching laws.
Her mother, Edna Louise Scottron 1894—1976 , was a granddaughter of inventor Samuel R. A woman of great beauty and commanding stage presence, she performed in nightclubs, concert halls, movies, and on radio and television. In the spring of 1950, Horne set sail for Paris for a European performance tour. De Havilland then receded from the political fervor of the times, while Reagan was galvanized and joined forces with others in Hollywood to respond to the battle the Reds were waging in the entertainment unions. Reportedly descended from the John C. She headlined at clubs and hotels throughout the U.
They lived in various parts of the south before Horne was returned to her grandparents home in 1931. But Horne impressed the stager, Clarence Robinson, as well as the Nicholas Brothers, Avon Long and Cab Calloway. Though she contributed occasional recordings after this, she largely retreated from public life. After the war, Horne worked on behalf of Japanese Americans who faced discrimination. Horne got up and hurled a lamp, dishes, and an ashtray at him. Lena Horne was married to Louis J. This Lena or these Lenas , born in 1917 and still hanging in, has had a life so rich in ups and downs as to make page after page eventful and suspenseful.