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    • Lena Horne - HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27:  A picture of singer/actress/civil rights activist/dancer Lena Horne is displayed during a homage during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
    • Lena Horne - NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23: People look on before the start of an auction of the estate of Lena Horne, including an abstract painting by African American artist Charles Alston (L), at Doyle New York February 23, 2011 in New York City. More than 200 lots of fine art, gowns, jewelry, photographs and other items from Lena Hornes Manhattan home are being auctioned today. Horne began her professional life at 16 as a performer in Harlems Cotton Club and became one of the worlds top jazz singers and a prominent civil rights activist.
    • Lena Horne - NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23:  Lena Horne's granddaughter Jenny Lumet tries on a pair of Horne's cuff bracelets before they are auctioned at Doyle New York February 23, 2011 in New York City. More than 200 lots of fine art, gowns, jewelry, photographs and other items from Lena Horne's Manhattan home are being auctioned today. Horne began her professional life at 16 as a performer in Harlem's Cotton Club and became one of the world's top jazz singers and a prominent civil rights activist.
    • Lena Horne - NEW YORK - MAY 14:  (L-R) Jessye Norman and Jenny Lumet attend funeral services for entertainer Lena Horne at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on May 14, 2010 in New York City.
    • Lena Horne - NEW YORK - MAY 14:  Pallbearers carry the casket of entertainer Lena Horne at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on May 14, 2010 in New York City.
    • Lena Horne - NEW YORK - MAY 14:  (L-R) Jessye Norman and Jenny Lumet attend funeral services for entertainer Lena Horne at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on May 14, 2010 in New York City.
    • Lena Horne - NEW YORK - MAY 14:  Jenny Lumet and Bobby Cannavale attend funeral services for entertainer Lena Horne at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on May 14, 2010 in New York City.
    • Lena Horne - NEW YORK - MAY 14:  Former New York City mayor David Dinkins and New York State governor David Patterson (R) greet each other at the funeral services for entertainer Lena Horne at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on May 14, 2010 in New York City.
    • Lena Horne - NEW YORK - MAY 14:  Walter Mosely attends funeral services for entertainer Lena Horne at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on May 14, 2010 in New York City.
    • Lena Horne - NEW YORK - MAY 14: Walter Mosely and Jenny Lumet attend funeral services for entertainer Lena Horne at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on May 14, 2010 in New York City.
    • Lena Horne - NEW YORK - MAY 14:  Pallbearers carry the casket of entertainer Lena Horne at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on May 14, 2010 in New York City.
    • Lena Horne - NEW YORK - MAY 14:  Pallbearers carry the casket of entertainer Lena Horne at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on May 14, 2010 in New York City.
    • Lena Horne - NEW YORK - MAY 14:  Pallbearers carry the casket of entertainer Lena Horne at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on May 14, 2010 in New York City.
    • Lena Horne - NEW YORK - MAY 14:  Liz Smith attends funeral services for entertainer Lena Horne at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on May 14, 2010 in New York City.
    • Lena Horne - NEW YORK - MAY 14:  People gather outside the funeral services for entertainer Lena Horne at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on May 14, 2010 in New York City.
    • Lena Horne - NEW YORK - MAY 14:  Vanessa Williams attends funeral services for entertainer Lena Horne at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on May 14, 2010 in New York City.
    • Lena Horne - NEW YORK - MAY 14:  New York State Governor David Patterson arrives at the funeral services for entertainer Lena Horne at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on May 14, 2010 in New York City.
    • Lena Horne - NEW YORK - MAY 14:  Actor Bobby Cannavale attends funeral services for entertainer Lena Horne at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on May 14, 2010 in New York City.
    • Lena Horne - NEW YORK - MAY 14:  General exterior view outside the funeral services for entertainer Lena Horne at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on May 14, 2010 in New York City.
    • Lena Horne - NEW YORK - MAY 14:  Actor Bobby Cannavale attends funeral services for entertainer Lena Horne at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on May 14, 2010 in New York City.
    Lena Horne (June 30, 1917, Brooklyn, New York – May 9, 2010, Manhattan, New York) was an American singer, actress, dancer and civil rights activist who, in 1942, became the first African-American performer to be put under contract by a major studio. She fought with first lady Eleanor Roosevelt to pass anti-lynching laws. The combination of Horne’s disarming talent and fierce individuality created ...more


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