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Lena Horne Tribute

Bella Donna: Lena Horne

The world lost a legend last night. Lena Horne died in New York at the age of 92. Known for her elegance, talent, and style, Horne was a star of both the film and music worlds. We're re-posting our earlier tribute in her memory.

Born in 1917 in Brooklyn, Horne was dancing and singing in the famous Cotton Club at the age of 16. By the 1940s, she was the country's highest-paid African-American actress, starring in films such as Stormy Weather and Cabin in the Sky. Her career didn't come without a struggle, though; Horne was largely given secondary roles because of her skin color, and because non-whites weren't allowed to live in Hollywood, a white friend had to sign the lease on her home there. (When neighbors balked, Humphrey Bogart helped Horne combat their bigotry.) In her screen tests at MGM, Horne’s skin photographed so lightly that studio executives went hired cosmetics legend Max Factor to create a makeup line for her called “Egyptian Tan” so that she would appear darker onscreen.

Throughout her life, she was a civil rights activist, working closely with the NAACP and joining the historic March on Washington in 1963. It's rumored that Alicia Keys will star in a biopic on Horne's life with Oprah Winfrey producing.

Horne in 1944.

Performing in 1953.

Busting out the moves in 1953.

With Judy Garland in 1962.

Lena singing with Vic Damone in 1979.

With Harry Belafonte in 1970.

Smiling with Shirley Bassey in 1984.

Hugging Stevie Wonder in 1984.

At the Grammy's in 1983.

Lena and Bill Cosby in 2000.

Check out a video of the stunning beauty singing her signature song when you


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buzzlightgirl buzzlightgirl 7 years
Rwandawithlove Rwandawithlove 7 years
I am so heart broken that she died, I was still hoping that there was a chance I would get to meet her. However her music and acting were divine and she is still a part of what i believe FIERCE to be. BTW Alicia should not play her, Halle maybe, an unknown actress definitely but Alicia does not have that vulnerability to play her
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
She was a stunningly beautiful woman and worthy of her status as an icon!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
A classy woman until the end. Loved her!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
she certainly is iconic and i think that it's really nice that they are looking to do a film on her life. alicia would do her justice in the role, and i'm not surprised at all that oprah may be a part of the project.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
Look at recent pictures of her now...91, and doesn't look it at ALL. She's just classic grace and ageless beauty.
stix225 stix225 8 years
She's been on my list of favorite actresses since I saw Show Boat when I was five!
great-escape great-escape 8 years
She is beautiful and reminds me of my grandmother.
AnnaMaria816 AnnaMaria816 8 years
Definately a Bella Donna. Lena Horne has stunning looks and amazing talent to match.
palacinkabeauty palacinkabeauty 8 years
Absolutely stunning! I think Alicia would be a great choice for her biopic as well. One of her best features is actually her speaking voice believe it or not. It's so smooth and distinctive...
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 8 years
azulsky azulsky 8 years
I love her, she's just a true icon and talent. I did my first film about her in 7th grade
ChrissyBaby ChrissyBaby 8 years
Absolutely Stunning. I used to have her as my icon. :-)
Angelica Angelica 8 years
She is beautiful! Thanks for featuring her!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
She's stunning!
bacon1 bacon1 8 years
She is very beautiful. Wow, you are right, she does photograph lightly. How cool is it that she had makeup made especially for her? Boy, I wish.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
She is a natural beauty.
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
I think someone used to have her as their icon! I cant remember who tho :(
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
Thank you for honoring Ms.Horne...naturally, she's been an inspiration to me. :)
bshowell bshowell 8 years
She is just absolutely gorgeous. Elegance and class.
bettyg53 bettyg53 8 years
Lena Horne is one classy lady. Thank you for sharing this.
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