Day in History 9 May – Lena Horne

On this day in 2010, Grammy Award winning singer, Tony Award winning actress, civil rights activist and dancer, Lena Horne died in New York City of heart failure at the age of 92.  Born Lena Mary Calhoun Horne on 30 June 1917 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.  Horne married twice; Louis Jordan (1937-1944 divorce) and Lennie Hayton (1947-1971 his death).  Lena Horne; great voice, great beauty, trail blazer.    The Final Footprint – Horne was cremated and her cremains were returned to her family.  Horne’s funeral took place at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on Park Avenue in New York City.  Thousands gathered to mourn her, including singers Leontyne Price, Dionne Warwick, Jessye Norman, and actresses Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Leslie Uggams, Lauren Bacall, and Vanessa L. Williams.

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