Lena Horne, the famous Broadway and jazz singer and civil rights activist, passed away yesterday at the age of 93. Horne had a powerful voice and political views ahead of her time: she was blacklisted from Hollywood for her left-leaning views. Before and after her movie career, she worked in nightclubs and on television. Horne turned heads in 1941 when she refused to perform for segregated audiences while performing for the USO. She worked with civil rights hero Paul Robeson to advance the cause of African Americans.
The first and last thing Lena Horne will be remembered for is her voice. She was an actor, a dancer and an activist, but her voice is what carried her throughout her career. Her one-woman Broadway show, Lena Horne, The Lady And Her Music, ran for over 300 performance. She died on May 9th of heart failure. She will be missed, but she lived a long life that touched millions of people.
I'll leave you with how I learned of Lena Horne. It's how I learned of a lot of performers of previous generations. The Muppet Show. Here's a song from her appearance: