Lena Horne dies

From The Guardian:

…Lena Horne, the singer and actor best known for her rendition of Stormy Weather and as Hollywood’s first black sex symbol, has died. She was 92.

In a 60-year career, Horne broke down numerous racial barriers. In the 1940s, she was one of the first black singers with a major white band, the first to perform at the famous Copacabana nightclub, and the first to sign a long-term Hollywood contract.

She later became an active campaigner for civil rights and was a powerful voice of the movement…

When Horne signed for MGM, she starred in the all-black Cabin in the Sky in 1943, but in most of her other movies, she appeared just singing songs which could be cut in the segregated southern states without affecting the story.

“Metro’s cowardice deprived the musical of one of the great singing actresses,” the film historian John Kobal wrote.

Her 1981 one-woman Broadway show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, won a special Tony award.

By the 1960s, Horne was one of the most visible celebrities in the civil rights movement, once throwing a lamp at a customer who made a racial slur in a Beverly Hills restaurant. In 1963 she joined 250,000 others in the march on Washington when Martin Luther King gave his I Have a Dream speech. Horne spoke at a rally that same year with another civil rights leader, Medgar Evers, just days before his assassination.

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