The great singer, actor, dancer and civil rights activist Lena Mary Calhoun Horne died on May 9, 2010 in New York City, New York at age 92. Horne’s show business career lasted over 70 years in which she received international acclaim for her talents on Broadway and in television and film. Horne contributed to the fight for civil rights by refusing to perform before segregated audiences during World War II and audiences where African American soldiers were seated behind German prisoners of war. Lena Horne was born on June 30, 1917 in New York City.
Lena Horne was the first African American actor that was signed to a long contract by a major film studio.
Horne received the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP in 1983.