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Monday, May 10, 2010

Remembering a Legend: Lena Horne (1917-2010)

"It`s not the load that breaks you down, it`s the way you carry it."
Whether you know her from her show-stopping guest appearance on the classic Cosby Show episode, from her undeniable jazz tunes, or her nearly seven-decade movie career, there's no overlooking the eternal magnetism that is Lena Horne. There are very few starlets, especially these days, who exude the amount of class, poise, and talent than the late great Lena Horne did. Starring in over twenty films, the legendary singer/actress graced the big screen in roles including The Wiz (1978) and Stormy Weather (1943) with her elegance, and shattered barriers prohibiting African-Americans to appear onscreen in roles other than that of the maid. As we remember the legendary Lena Horne, who passed away at age 92 yesterday evening, lets not forget the road she paved for so many we watch today. R.I.P. Lena Horne.

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LaLa said...

My most favorite Lena Horne moment is watching her BELT OUT..."Believe in Yourself" at the end of "The Wiz" (The African American Adaptation of the Wizard of OZ). It is a song a play anytime I need encouragement, not just the words, but the feeling she has behind it. Ms. Horne was truly a woman of class, a true example for women in the entertainment industry. Any actress or woman for that matter would do well to use Ms. Horne as role model.

Clarabela said...

She was truly an icon and an incredible performer. I had the joy of seeing her perform when she did her live tour in the 90's.

She told the story of how she auditioned to play the role of Julie in Show Boat, but she was "too dark" to play a mulatto. And of course they couldn't have a 'real Negro' playing love scene with a white actor. So the role went to one of her best friend's, Ava Gardner. A lot of people would become bitter, but Lena Horne found humor.

She was a real class act!

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