Does anyone out there remember Lena Horne?
Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was born on June 30th 1917, and was an American singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist.
Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of sixteen and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood, where she had small parts in numerous movies.
The Cotton Club was a New York City night club located first in the Harlem neighborhood on 142nd St & Lenox Ave from 1923 to 1935. If you’re not familiar with what was the Cotton Club.
The club was a whites-only establishment even though it featured many of the best black entertainers of the era including: musicians Cab Calloway, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, and Fats Waller.
Lena Horne was born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; both sides of her family were a mixture of European American, Native American, and African-American descent.
Her mother, Edna Louise Scottron daughter of inventor Samuel R. Scottron, was an actress with a black theatre troupe and traveled extensively. Scottron’s maternal grandmother, Amelie Louise Ashton, was a Senegalese slave. Her father had gambling problem and left Lena’s life when she was three years old.
After joining the Cotton Club, Lena’s Horne’s career took off, because she had a way of grabbing her audience by the way she sung.
Today’s YouTube video clip from user name PBS News Hour remembers Lena Horne, as it unravels a short bio on this legendary icon.
Lena Horne was rock in real life, and lost her father, husband and son in the same year.
She was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6282 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Motion Pictures at 6250 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
She was a lifelong liberal Democrat who was active in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. She worked with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt on anti-lynching laws and during the John F. Kennedy administration she was a frequent guest at the White House.
As you remember Lena Horn today, one of my favorite songs from her which is her signature trademark is the song called, “Stormy Weather.”
However I liked to end this story tribute of her birthday by sharing one of my favorite quotes from Lena Horne, which is;
“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”
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