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Singer & Actress Lena Horne Dies at 92

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Actor and singer Lena Horne died Sunday in New York. She was "was the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio and who went on to achieve international fame as a singer," according to the New York Times. She was 92.

"Horne achieved a place in the pantheon of female jazz vocalists and broke ground in Hollywood as an African American star in the '40s," noted the LA Times. MTV called her a "civil-rights icon."