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Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) was an African American jazz and pop music singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Horne's career spanned over 70 years appearing in film, television, and theater. Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club
Cotton Club
at the age of 16 and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood, where she had small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts in the 1943 films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather. Because of the Red Scare and her political activism, Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood.[2] Returning to her roots as a nightclub performer, Horne took part in the March on Washington
March on Washington
in August 1963 and continued to work as a performer, both in nightclubs and on television while releasing well-received record albums. She announced her retirement in March 1980, but the next year starred in a one-woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, which ran for more than three hundred performances on Broadway. She then toured the country in the show, earning numerous awards and accolades. Horne continued recording and performing sporadically into the 1990s, disappearing from the public eye in 2000. Horne died of congestive heart failure on May 9, 2010, at the age of 92.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Road to Hollywood 2.2 Changes of direction

3 Civil rights
Civil rights
activism 4 Personal life 5 Death 6 Legacy 7 Awards

7.1 Grammy Awards 7.2 Other awards

8 Filmography

8.1 Film 8.2 Television

9 Discography

9.1 Albums 9.2 Singles

9.2.1 As featured vocalist

10 References 11 External links

Early life[edit] Lena Horne
Lena Horne
was born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.[2] Reportedly descended from the John C. Calhoun
John C. Calhoun
family, both sides of her family were a mixture of African-American, Native American, and European American descent, and belonged to the upper stratum of middle-class, well-educated people.[3][4] Her father, Edwin Fletcher "Teddy" Horne, Jr. (1893–1970),[5][6] a numbers kingpin in the gambling trade, left the family when she was three and moved to an upper-middle-class black community in the Hill District
Hill District
community of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[7][8] Her mother, Edna Louise Scottron (1894–1976), was a granddaughter of inventor Samuel R. Scottron; she was an actress with a black theatre troupe and traveled extensively.[9] Edna's maternal grandmother, Amelie Louise Ashton, was a Senegalese slave.[10] Horne was mainly raised by her grandparents, Cora Calhoun and Edwin Horne.[6] When Horne was five, she was sent to live in Georgia.[11] For several years, she traveled with her mother.[12] From 1927 to 1929, she lived with her uncle, Frank S. Horne, dean of students at Fort Valley Junior Industrial Institute (now part of Fort Valley State University) in Fort Valley, Georgia,[12] who later served as an adviser to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.[13] From Fort Valley, southwest of Macon, Horne briefly moved to Atlanta with her mother; they returned to New York when Horne was 12 years old.[12] She then attended Girls High School, an all-girls public high school in Brooklyn that has since become Boys and Girls High School; she dropped out without earning a diploma. Aged 18, she moved to her father's home in Pittsburgh, staying in the city's Little Harlem for almost five years and learning from native Pittsburghers Billy Strayhorn
Billy Strayhorn
and Billy Eckstine, among others.[7] Career[edit] Road to Hollywood[edit] In the fall of 1933, Horne joined the chorus line of the Cotton Club in New York City. In the spring of 1934, she had a featured role in the Cotton Club
Cotton Club
Parade starring Adelaide Hall, who took Lena under her wing. A few years later, Horne joined Noble Sissle's Orchestra, with which she toured and with whom she made her first records, issued by Decca. After she separated from her first husband, Horne toured with bandleader Charlie Barnet
Charlie Barnet
in 1940–41, but disliked the travel and left the band to work at the Cafe Society
Cafe Society
in New York. She replaced Dinah Shore
Dinah Shore
as the featured vocalist on NBC's popular jazz series The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street. The show's resident maestros, Henry Levine and Paul Laval, recorded with Horne in June 1941 for RCA Victor. Horne left the show after only six months when she was hired by former Cafe Trocadero (Los Angeles)
Trocadero (Los Angeles)
manager Felix Young to perform in a Cotton Club-style revue on the Sunset Strip
Sunset Strip
in Hollywood,[14] and was replaced by actress Betty Keene of the Keene sisters.[citation needed]

Horne as Julie LaVerne in a mini-production of Show Boat
Show Boat
in Till the Clouds Roll By (1946), singing "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man".

Lena Horne
Lena Horne
photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1941

Horne already had two low-budget movies to her credit: a 1938 musical feature called The Duke is Tops (later reissued with Horne's name above the title as The Bronze Venus); and a 1941 two-reel short subject, Boogie Woogie Dream, featuring pianists Pete Johnson
Pete Johnson
and Albert Ammons. Horne's songs from Boogie Woogie Dream were later released individually as soundies. Horne made her Hollywood
Hollywood
nightclub debut at Felix Young's Little Troc on the Sunset Strip
Sunset Strip
in January 1942.[14] A few weeks later, she was signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In November 1944, she was featured in an episode of the popular radio series Suspense, as a fictional nightclub singer, with a large speaking role along with her singing. In 1945 and 1946, she sang with Billy Eckstine's Orchestra. She made her debut at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
in Panama Hattie
Panama Hattie
(1942) and performed the title song of Stormy Weather based loosely on the life of Adelaide Hall, (1943), which she made at 20th Century Fox, on loan from MGM. She appeared in a number of MGM
MGM
musicals, most notably Cabin in the Sky (1943), but was never featured in a leading role because of her race and the fact that her films had to be re-edited for showing in cities where theaters would not show films with black performers. As a result, most of Horne's film appearances were stand-alone sequences that had no bearing on the rest of the film, so editing caused no disruption to the storyline. A notable exception was the all-black musical Cabin in the Sky, although one number from that film was cut before release because it was considered too suggestive by the censors: Horne singing "Ain't It the Truth" while taking a bubble bath. This scene and song are featured in the film That's Entertainment! III (1994) which also featured commentary from Horne on why the scene was deleted prior to the film's release. Lena Horne
Lena Horne
was the first African-American
African-American
elected to serve on the Screen Actors Guild board of directors.

Horne singing "Why Was I Born?" in Till the Clouds Roll By
Till the Clouds Roll By
(1946)

In Ziegfeld Follies (1946), she performed "Love" by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane. Horne lobbied for the role of Julie LaVerne in MGM's 1951 version of Show Boat
Show Boat
(having already played the role when a segment of Show Boat
Show Boat
was performed in Till the Clouds Roll By, 1946) but lost the part to Ava Gardner, a personal friend in real life. Horne claimed this was due to the Production Code's ban on interracial relationships in films, but MGM
MGM
sources state she was never considered for the role in the first place. In the documentary That's Entertainment! III, Horne stated that MGM
MGM
executives required Gardner to practice her singing using Horne's recordings, which offended both actresses. Ultimately, Gardner's voice was overdubbed by actress Annette Warren (Smith) for the theatrical release. Changes of direction[edit] By the mid-1950s, Horne was disenchanted with Hollywood
Hollywood
and increasingly focused on her nightclub career. She only made two major appearances for MGM
MGM
during the 1950s: Duchess of Idaho
Duchess of Idaho
(which was also Eleanor Powell's final film); and the 1956 musical Meet Me in Las Vegas. She was blacklisted during the 1950s for her affiliations in the 1940s with communist-backed groups. She would subsequently disavow communism.[2][15] She returned to the screen three more times, playing chanteuse Claire Quintana in the 1969 film Death of a Gunfighter, Glinda in The Wiz (1978), which was directed by her then son-in-law Sidney Lumet, and co-hosting the MGM
MGM
retrospective That's Entertainment! III (1994), in which she was candid about her unkind treatment by the studio. After leaving Hollywood, Horne established herself as one of the premier nightclub performers of the post-war era. She headlined at clubs and hotels throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including the Sands Hotel
Sands Hotel
in Las Vegas, the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles, and the Waldorf-Astoria
Waldorf-Astoria
in New York. In 1957, a live album entitled, Lena Horne at the Waldorf-Astoria, became the biggest-selling record by a female artist in the history of the RCA Victor
RCA Victor
label at that time. In 1958, Horne became the first African-American
African-American
woman to be nominated for a Tony Award
Tony Award
for "Best Actress in a Musical" (for her part in the "Calypso" musical Jamaica) which, at Lena's request featured her longtime friend Adelaide Hall.

Horne performing on The Bell Telephone Hour, 1965

From the late 1950s through to the 1960s, Horne was a staple of TV variety shows, appearing multiple times on Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dean Martin Show, and The Bell Telephone Hour. Other programs she appeared on included The Judy Garland Show, The Hollywood
Hollywood
Palace, and The Andy Williams Show. Besides two television specials for the BBC
BBC
(later syndicated in the U.S.), Horne starred in her own U.S. television special in 1969, Monsanto Night Presents Lena Horne. During this decade, the artist Pete Hawley painted her portrait for RCA Victor, capturing the mood of her performance style. In 1970, she co-starred with Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte
in the hour-long Harry & Lena special for ABC; in 1973, she co-starred with Tony Bennett in Tony and Lena. Horne and Bennett subsequently toured the U.S. and U.K. in a show together. In the 1976 program America Salutes Richard Rodgers, she sang a lengthy medley of Rodgers songs with Peggy Lee
Peggy Lee
and Vic Damone. Horne also made several appearances on The Flip Wilson Show. Additionally, Horne played herself on television programs such as The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, and Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
in the 1970s, as well as a 1985 performance on The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
and a 1993 appearance on A Different World. In the summer of 1980, Horne, 63 years old and intent on retiring from show business, embarked on a two-month series of benefit concerts sponsored by the sorority Delta Sigma Theta. These concerts were represented as Horne's farewell tour, yet her retirement lasted less than a year. On April 13, 1980, Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, and host Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly
were all scheduled to appear at a Gala performance at the Metropolitan Opera House to salute the NY City Center's Joffrey Ballet Company. However, Pavarotti's plane was diverted over the Atlantic and he was unable to appear. James Nederlander was an invited Honored Guest and noted that only three people at the sold-out Metropolitan Opera House asked for their money back. He asked to be introduced to Lena following her performance. In May 1981, The Nederlander Organization, Michael Frazier, and Fred Walker went on to book Horne for a four-week engagement at the newly named Nederlander Theatre
Nederlander Theatre
on West 41st Street in New York City. The show was an instant success and was extended to a full year run, garnering Horne a special Tony award, and two Grammy Awards for the cast recording of her show Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music. The 333-performance Broadway run closed on Horne's 65th birthday, June 30, 1982. Later that same week, she performed the entire show again to record it for television broadcast and home video release. Horne began a tour a few days later at Tanglewood (Massachusetts) during the weekend of July 4, 1982. The Lady and Her Music toured 41 cities in the U.S. and Canada until June 17, 1984. It played in London for a month in August and ended its run in Stockholm, Sweden, September 14, 1984. In 1981, she received a Special
Special
Tony Award for the show, which also played to acclaim at the Adelphi Theatre
Adelphi Theatre
in London in 1984.[16] Despite the show's considerable success (Horne still holds the record for the longest-running solo performance in Broadway history), she did not capitalize on the renewed interest in her career by undertaking many new musical projects. A proposed 1983 joint recording project between Horne and Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(to be produced by Quincy Jones) was ultimately abandoned, and her sole studio recording of the decade was 1988's The Men in My Life, featuring duets with Sammy Davis Jr.
Sammy Davis Jr.
and Joe Williams. In 1989, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The 1990s found Horne considerably more active in the recording studio. Following her 1993 performance at a tribute to the musical legacy of her good friend Billy Strayhorn
Billy Strayhorn
(Duke Ellington's longtime collaborator), she decided to record an album composed largely of Strayhorn's and Ellington's songs the following year, We'll Be Together Again. To coincide with the release of the album, Horne made what would be her final concert performances at New York's Supper Club and Carnegie Hall. That same year, Horne also lent her vocals to a recording of "Embraceable You" on Sinatra's Duets II album. Though the album was largely derided by critics, the Sinatra-Horne pairing was generally regarded as its highlight.[citation needed] In 1995, a "live" album capturing her Supper Club performance was released (subsequently winning a Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Jazz
Jazz
Vocal Album). In 1998, Horne released another studio album, entitled Being Myself. Thereafter, Horne retired from performing and largely retreated from public view, though she did return to the recording studio in 2000 to contribute vocal tracks on Simon Rattle's Classic Ellington album.[17] Civil rights
Civil rights
activism[edit] Horne was long involved with the Civil Rights Movement. In 1941, she sang at Cafe Society
Cafe Society
and worked with Paul Robeson. During World War II, when entertaining the troops for the USO, she refused to perform "for segregated audiences or for groups in which German POWs were seated in front of African American servicemen", according to her Kennedy Center biography.[18] Because the U.S. Army refused to allow integrated audiences, she staged her show for a mixed audience of black U.S. soldiers and white German POWs. Seeing the black soldiers had been forced to sit in the back seats, she walked off the stage to the first row where the black troops were seated and performed with the Germans behind her. She was at an NAACP
NAACP
rally with Medgar Evers
Medgar Evers
in Jackson, Mississippi, the weekend before Evers was assassinated. She also met President John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
at the White House
White House
two days before he was assassinated. She was at the March on Washington
March on Washington
and spoke and performed on behalf of the NAACP, SNCC, and the National Council of Negro Women. She also worked with Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt
to pass anti-lynching laws.[19] Tom Lehrer
Tom Lehrer
mentions her in his song "National Brotherhood Week" in the line " Lena Horne
Lena Horne
and Sheriff Clark are dancing cheek to cheek" referring (wryly) to her and to Sheriff Jim Clark, of Selma, Alabama, who was responsible for a violent attack on civil rights marchers in 1965. In 1983, the NAACP
NAACP
awarded her the Spingarn Medal.[20] Horne was a registered Democrat and on November 20, 1963, she, along with Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman John Bailey, Carol Lawrence, Richard Adler, Sidney Salomon, Vice-Chairwoman of the DNC Margaret B. Price, and Secretary of the DNC Dorothy Vredenburgh Bush, visited John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
at The White House,[21] two days prior to his assassination. Personal life[edit] Horne married Louis Jordan Jones in January 1937 in Pittsburgh. On December 21, 1937, their daughter, Gail (later known as Gail Lumet Buckley, a writer) was born. They had a son, Edwin Jones (February 7, 1940 – September 12, 1970) who died of kidney disease.[6] Horne and Jones separated in 1940 and divorced in 1944. Horne's second marriage was to Lennie Hayton, who was Music Director and one of the premier musical conductors and arrangers at MGM, in December 1947 in Paris. They separated in the early 1960s, but never divorced; he died in 1971.[22] In her as-told-to autobiography Lena by Richard Schickel, Horne recounts the enormous pressures she and her husband faced as an interracial couple. She later admitted in an interview in Ebony (May 1980) that she had married Hayton to advance her career and cross the "color-line" in show business.[23] Horne had affairs with Artie Shaw, Orson Welles, and the boxer Joe Louis.[14] Horne also had a long and close relationship with Billy Strayhorn, whom she said she would have married if he had been heterosexual.[24] He was also an important professional mentor to her. Screenwriter Jenny Lumet, known for her award-winning screenplay Rachel Getting Married, is Horne's granddaughter, the daughter of filmmaker Sidney Lumet and Horne's daughter Gail.[25] Her other grandchildren include Gail's other daughter, Amy Lumet, and her son's four children, Thomas, William, Samadhi, and Lena. Her great-grandchildren include Jake Cannavale.[26] From 1946 to 1962, Horne resided in a St. Albans, Queens, New York, enclave of prosperous African Americans, where she counted among her neighbors, Fats Waller, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, and other jazz luminaries.[27] Death[edit] Horne died on May 9, 2010. Her funeral took place at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on Park Avenue in New York. Thousands gathered and attendees included Leontyne Price, Dionne Warwick, Liza Minnelli, Jessye Norman, Chita Rivera, Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Leslie Uggams, Lauren Bacall, Robert Osborne, Audra McDonald, and Vanessa Williams. After the service, her remains were cremated.[28] Legacy[edit] In 2003, ABC announced that Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson
would star as Horne in a television biographical film. In the weeks following Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" debacle during the 2004 Super Bowl, however, Variety reported that Horne had demanded Jackson be dropped from the project. "ABC executives resisted Horne's demand", according to the Associated Press
Associated Press
report, "but Jackson representatives told the trade newspaper that she left willingly after Horne and her daughter, Gail Lumet Buckley, asked that she not take part." Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
stated to Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
during a 2005 interview on The Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
Show that she might possibly consider producing the biopic herself, casting Keys as Horne.[29] In January 2005, Blue Note Records, her label for more than a decade, announced that "the finishing touches have been put on a collection of rare and unreleased recordings by the legendary Horne made during her time on Blue Note." Remixed by her longtime producer Rodney Jones, the recordings featured Horne with a remarkably secure voice for a woman of her years, and include versions of such signature songs as "Something to Live For", "Chelsea Bridge", and "Stormy Weather". The album, originally entitled Soul but renamed Seasons of a Life, was released on January 24, 2006. In 2007, Horne was portrayed by Leslie Uggams as the older Lena and Nikki Crawford as the younger Lena in the stage musical Stormy Weather staged at the Pasadena Playhouse
Pasadena Playhouse
in California (January to March 2009). In 2011, Horne was also portrayed by actress Ryan Jillian in a one-woman show titled Notes from A Horne staged at the Susan Batson studio in New York City, from November 2011 to February 2012. The 83rd Academy Awards
83rd Academy Awards
presented a tribute to Horne by actress Halle Berry
Halle Berry
at the ceremony held February 27, 2011.[30] In 2018, a Forever stamp depicting Horne began to be issued; this made Horne the 41st honoree in the Black Heritage stamp series.[31] Awards[edit] Grammy Awards[edit]

Lena Horne
Lena Horne
Grammy Award
Grammy Award
History[32][33]

1995 An Evening with Lena Horne Best Jazz
Jazz
Vocal Performance Won

1989

Lifetime Achievement Award Won

1988 The Men in My Life Best Jazz
Jazz
Vocal Performance Nominated

"I Won't Leave You Again" (with Joe Williams) Best Jazz
Jazz
Vocal Performance, Duo or Group Nominated

1981 Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female Won

Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Best Cast Show Album Won

1962 Porgy and Bess Best Solo Vocal Performance, Female Nominated

1961 Lena Horne
Lena Horne
at the Sands Best Vocal Performance Album, Female Nominated

Other awards[edit]

Year Organization Category Result Notes

2006 Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site International Civil Rights Walk of Fame[34] Inducted

1999 NAACP
NAACP
Image Award Outstanding Jazz
Jazz
Artist Won

1997 Society of Singers Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award[35] Won for "whom singers are awarded for their contribution to the world of music along with their dedicated efforts to benefit the community and worldwide causes"

1994 Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn
Lifetime Achievement Award Songwriters Hall of Fame Won

? Hollywood
Hollywood
Chamber of Commerce Hollywood
Hollywood
Walk of Fame Won Honor (motion pictures)

? Hollywood
Hollywood
Chamber of Commerce Hollywood
Hollywood
Walk of Fame Won Honor (recordings)

1987 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers The ASCAP Pied Piper Award[36] Won Given to entertainers who have made significant contributions to words and music

1985 Emmy Award Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Nominee

1984 John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts Kennedy Center Honors[37] Won For extraordinary talent, creativity, and perseverance

1980 Howard University Honorary doctorate[38] Honored

1980 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actress – Musical Won Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music

1980 New York Drama Critics Circle Awards Special
Special
Citation Won Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music

1981 Tony Awards Special
Special
Citation Won Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music

1957 Tony Awards Best Actress Nominee Jamaica

Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Cab Calloway's Jitterbug Party (1935) (short subject)

The Duke Is Tops (1938) Panama Hattie
Panama Hattie
(1942) Cabin in the Sky (1943) Stormy Weather (1943) Thousands Cheer
Thousands Cheer
(1943) I Dood It
I Dood It
(1943) Swing Fever
Swing Fever
(1943) Boogie-Woogie Dream (1944) (short subject; filmed in 1941) Broadway Rhythm
Broadway Rhythm
(1944) Two Girls and a Sailor
Two Girls and a Sailor
(1944) Studio Visit (1946) (short subject; featuring outtake from Cabin in the Sky) Till the Clouds Roll By
Till the Clouds Roll By
(1946) Ziegfeld Follies (1946) Words and Music (1948) Some of the Best (1949) (short subject) Duchess of Idaho
Duchess of Idaho
(1950) Meet Me in Las Vegas
Meet Me in Las Vegas
(1956) The Heart of Show Business (1957) (short subject) Now! (1965) (short subject) (voice only) Death of a Gunfighter
Death of a Gunfighter
(1969) The Wiz (1978) That's Entertainment! III
That's Entertainment! III
(1994) Strange Frame
Strange Frame
(2012) (archive footage)

Television[edit]

What's My Line?
What's My Line?
(as Mystery Guest, September 27, 1953) "What's My Line?" (as Mystery Guest, March 2, 1958) The Judy Garland
Judy Garland
Show (as herself, October 13, 1963) The Perry Como Show
The Perry Como Show
(as herself, March 5, 1965) Sesame Street
Sesame Street
(as herself, Episode #5.1, November 19, 1973) Sanford & Son ("A Visit from Lena Horne" as herself, #2. January 12, 1973) The Muppet Show
The Muppet Show
(as herself, 1976) Sesame Street
Sesame Street
(as herself, Episode #7.76, March 15, 1976) The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show
("Cliff's Birthday" as herself, May 9, 1985) A Different World ("A Rock, a River, a Lena" as herself, July 1993)

Discography[edit] Albums[edit]

Dance with Your Gods 1934 Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1939 1939 Moanin' Low RCA Victor
RCA Victor
1942 Little Girl Blue Black & White 1947 Classics in Blue Black & White 1947 It's Love RCA Victor
RCA Victor
1955 Lena Horne
Lena Horne
at the Waldorf Astoria RCA Victor
RCA Victor
1957 – Live Stormy Weather RCA Victor
RCA Victor
1956–1957 Lena Horne
Lena Horne
at the Cocoanut Grove RCA Victor
RCA Victor
1957 Jamaica [Original Cast Recording] RCA Victor
RCA Victor
1957 Give the Lady What She Wants
Give the Lady What She Wants
RCA Victor
RCA Victor
1958 Porgy & Bess RCA Victor
RCA Victor
1959 – with Harry Belafonte A Friend of Yours RCA Victor
RCA Victor
1959 Songs by Burke and Van Heusen
Songs by Burke and Van Heusen
RCA Victor
RCA Victor
1960 Lena Horne
Lena Horne
at the Sands RCA Victor
RCA Victor
1960 – Live The Nine O'Clock Revue 1961 Lena on the Blue Side
Lena on the Blue Side
RCA Victor
RCA Victor
1962 Lena...Lovely and Alive RCA Victor
RCA Victor
1962 Lena Horne
Lena Horne
Sings Your Requests Charter 1963 Lena Like Latin
Lena Like Latin
(later retitled Lena Goes Latin) Charter 1963 Here's Lena Now! 20th Century 1964

Feelin' Good United Artists
United Artists
1965 Lena in Hollywood
Hollywood
United Artists
United Artists
1966 Merry from Lena
Merry from Lena
United Artists
United Artists
1966 Soul United Artists
United Artists
1966 Lena & Gabor Skye 1970 – with Gábor Szabó Harry & Lena RCA Victor
RCA Victor
1970 with Harry Belafonte Nature's Baby Buddha 1971 Tony & Lena Sing (1974) Lena & Michel RCA Victor
RCA Victor
1975 – with Michel Legrand Lena: A New Album RCA Victor
RCA Victor
1976 Pal Joey (1978) Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Qwest 1981 – Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance The Men in My Life
The Men in My Life
three Cherries – with Joe Williams and Sammy Davis Jr. We'll Be Together Again Blue Note 1994 An Evening with Lena Horne
Lena Horne
Blue Note 1995 – Live, Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Jazz
Jazz
Vocal Album Being Myself Blue Note 1998 Seasons of a Life
Seasons of a Life
Blue Note 2006 The Best of Lena Horne
Lena Horne
EMI 2007 Lena Horne
Lena Horne
Sings – The MGM
MGM
Singles Verve 2010

Singles[edit] As featured vocalist[edit]

A: "That's What Love Did To Me" (Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin) / B: "I Take To You" (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)

Issued in 1936 on 78rpm 10" vinyl by Decca Records
Decca Records
on Decca 778B. Credits Noble Sissle
Noble Sissle
and his Orchestra,[39] Lena Horne
Lena Horne
was credited as Leana Horne for this recording. Recorded on November 3, 1936, in New York.

"Stormy Weather" (1943) #21 U.S. Pop "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)" (1945) #21 U.S. Pop "'Deed I Do" (1948) #26 U.S. Pop "Love Me or Leave Me" (1955) #19 U.S. Pop "Now!" (1963) #92 U.S. Pop "Watch What Happens" (w/Gabor Szabo) (1970) #119 U.S. Pop

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Lauren Bacall
/ Sandy Duncan
Sandy Duncan
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Ethel Merman
(1970) Helen Gallagher
Helen Gallagher
/ Alexis Smith
Alexis Smith
(1971) Jonelle Allen (1972) Glynis Johns
Glynis Johns
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Michele Lee
(1973) Ruby Lynn Reyner (1974) Angela Lansbury
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(1975) Donna McKechnie
Donna McKechnie
(1976) Clamma Dale (1977) Nell Carter
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(1978) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1979) Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
(1980) Lena Horne
Lena Horne
(1981) Jennifer Holliday (1982) Natalia Makarova
Natalia Makarova
(1983) Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera
(1984) No award (1985) Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
(1986) Teresa Stratas
Teresa Stratas
(1987) Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
(1988) Toni DiBuono (1989) Tyne Daly
Tyne Daly
(1990) Lea Salonga
Lea Salonga
(1991) Faith Prince (1992) Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera
(1993) Donna Murphy
Donna Murphy
(1994) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1995) Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
(1996) Bebe Neuwirth
Bebe Neuwirth
(1997) Natasha Richardson
Natasha Richardson
(1998) Carolee Carmello
Carolee Carmello
/ Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
(1999) Heather Headley (2000) Marla Schaffel (2001) Sutton Foster
Sutton Foster
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Marissa Jaret Winokur
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Donna Murphy
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Victoria Clark
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Christine Ebersole
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Audra McDonald
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Donna Murphy
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Patti LuPone
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Allison Janney
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Catherine Zeta-Jones
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Montego Glover
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Sutton Foster
(2011) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2012) Laura Osnes
Laura Osnes
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Jessie Mueller
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Kristin Chenoweth
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1980

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1981

Count Basie Cary Grant Helen Hayes Jerome Robbins Rudolf Serkin

1982

George Abbott Lillian Gish Benny Goodman Gene Kelly Eugene Ormandy

1983

Katherine Dunham Elia Kazan Frank Sinatra James Stewart Virgil Thomson

1984

Lena Horne Danny Kaye Gian Carlo Menotti Arthur Miller Isaac Stern

1985

Merce Cunningham Irene Dunne Bob Hope Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner
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1986

Lucille Ball Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
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1987

Perry Como Bette Davis Sammy Davis Jr. Nathan Milstein Alwin Nikolais

1988

Alvin Ailey George Burns Myrna Loy Alexander Schneider Roger L. Stevens

1989

Harry Belafonte Claudette Colbert Alexandra Danilova Mary Martin William Schuman

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