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Lena Horne, photographed as she sang by Philippe Halsmann in 1954. Ms. Horne was never a big fan of her own singing voice. In 1943, she told Newsweek magazine that she was still “learning to sing,” and she would later tell many interviewers how much...
Lena Horne. At age 16, Horne dropped out of school and began performing at the Cotton Club in Harlem. A few years later Horne joined Noble Sissle's Orchestra, and later toured with bandleader Charlie Barnet in 1940–41. She went to Hollywood and appeared in a number of MGM musicals, most notably Cabin in the Sky, (1943.) Blacklisted during the McCarthy era, she left Hollywood and established herself as one of the premiere nightclub performers of the post-war era.
The iconic film Stormy Weather (1943), [loosely based on Robinson's own life], follows a soldier coming home from war who wants to start a life as a performer. This 20th Century Fox production was one of the first nationally successful Hollywood films that featured an African-American cast. Stormy Weather was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry [Image: Bill Robinson, Lena Horne and Cab Calloway, 1943]
Hazel Scott and Lena Horne enjoying a drink, circa 1940s or 1950s. This photo is via LIFE magazine and the caption says this is “circa 1934” but that is wrong. Lena Horne was an unknown 17-year-old chorus girl in Harlem in 1934. tumblr.com/vintageblackglamour