Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


Singer & Actress Lena Horne Dies at 92

We need to hear from you.
Today during our spring member drive, put a dollar value on the trustworthy reporting you rely on all year long. The local news you read here every day is crafted for you, but right now, we need your help to keep it going. In these uncertain times, your support is even more important. We can't hold those in power accountable and uplift voices from the community without your partnership. Thank you.

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."

Musically speaking, "Horne was at home vocally with a wide musical range, from blues and jazz to the sophistication of Rodgers and Hart in songs like 'The Lady Is a Tramp' and 'Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,' whether it be "on screen, on records and in nightclubs and concert halls," said the Associated Press.

Back in 2008, Entertainment Weekly accidentally announced her death, but today's news is all too real. And while she's often credited with her work on "Stormy Weather," we fondly remember her Sesame Street work, which can be seen below. R.I.P., Lena Horne.

Most Read