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

Share This


Singer & Actress Lena Horne Dies at 92

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

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.