Remembering Lena Horne

Legendary Jazz singer, performer and social activist, Lena Horne, 92, died Sunday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She was the first black woman to sign a meaningful long-term contract with a major studio, a contract that said she would never have to play a maid. In Hollywood, she received previously unheard-of star treatment for a black actor. Metro Goldwyn Mayer studios featured Ms. Horne in movies and advertisements as glamorously as white beauties including Hedy Lamarr, Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable.

Quotes from Lena Horne:

  • It’s so nice to get flowers while you can still smell the fragrance.
    Lena Horne
  • My identity is very clear to me now, I am a black woman.
    Lena Horne
  • You have to be taught to be second class; you’re not born that way.
    Lena Horne
  • Always be smarter than the people who hire you.
    Lena Horne
  • As much as I try, when I open my mouth, Lena comes out, And I get so mad.
    Lena Horne
  • Don’t be afraid to feel as angry or as loving as you can, because when you feel nothing, it’s just death.
    Lena Horne

Her performance on the Cosby Show:

 Here for more on the life of Horne. Photo Credit. Quote Source.

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