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February 2, 2015

LENA HORNE

A lovely MGM glamour portrait of Lena Horne, probably from the late 1940s. (c) MGM

 

A lovely MGM glamour portrait of Lena Horne, probably from the late 1940s. (c) MGM

A lovely MGM glamour portrait of Lena Horne, probably from the late 1940s. (c) MGM

 

What better choice to start 2015 Black History Month than with  a true icon, the great Lena Horne.

How can you best describe her? Skilled actress…fantastic vocalist….social activist….ground-breaker…? Ms. Horne was all this, and so much more.

One thing you can say for sure, she was one of the greatest and most unique talents the world has ever known–or will ever see.  She made it clear from the start she was NOT going to play maids and domestics, as most movie actresses of color were expected.

Lena got few acting  chances while at MGM in the 40s. Most of her roles were ‘specialty’ numbers that were not integral to a film’s plot and could be easily excised in touchy Southern states. But nevertheless, she was still a tremendous role model for African-Americans of this era throughout the world.

She worked tirelessly for a variety of social causes. She leveraged her great fame to do all she could to make the world a better place for everyone in it.

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I never had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Horne. I did write her a fan letter in the 1980s, requesting an autograph. I had no photo to send her, so I asked if she would mind signing the index card I had included.

A few weeks later came a large manilla envelope from her. There was a beautiful portrait inside, inscribed to me.  A classy gesture from a classy human being. I will treasure it always.






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