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Lena Horne Dies at 92

Lena Horne Dies at 92

Hollywood legend Lena Horne has passed away at the age of 92 after a lengthy illness.

As MGM’s first leading lady of color, Lena paved the way for African-American actors in Hollywood.

“For the first time, people looked at a black woman and really considered her beautiful,” Halle Berry told People. “She was breaking ground just by breathing.”

However, Lena still faced adversity based on her skin color and grew frustrated with the disparity.

“When I stopped trying to break the barriers, that’s when I looked around and saw white people, a lot of good white people who would hold hands with their colored sisters,” Lena told People in 1981. “I also saw that there are many people who aren’t black who get kicked around too. I saw that and I softened up.”

Our thoughts go out to Lena‘s friends and family.

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  • dundies

    RIP i find great comfort in death. We’re not supposed to live forever

  • Allie Baby

    I absolutely loved this woman and all her music since my junior high school Drama teacher had us watch “Stormy Weather” many moons ago, so this is heartbreaking. This really is the loss of a true star.

  • Tomo

    It’s sad that it takes a true stars passing to remember what a star actually looks like… so beautiful and the most incredible..R.I.P

  • amy

    It is sad .She was young to die rip

  • legend

    Legend. Thank you, Lena Horne, for opening so many doors. You will always be remembered. RIP.

  • We’ve been punk’ed !

    RIP¨great lady !
    .
    Your legend will forever live.

  • Bennetton

    Rest in peace Lean Horne – I remember her best from the Cosby show – Cliff had a huge crush on her and Clair took him to see her for his birthday and he didn’t want to go home. LOL – Great episode.

  • http://www.theinfamouslife.com miss infamous
  • ladyt

    Beautiful person with a beautiful talent…RIP…God bless

  • evathediva

    Class Act, true star, last of the living legends. Always handled herslef in a classy way. Thanks Lena for the memories, you made us proud.

  • YvetteW

    Job well done Miss Horne. RIP to a beautiful, talented and courageous woman. Truly one of a kind.

  • pop86

    RIP Lena Horne, You open so many doors.

  • [marie]

    She was irreplaceable.. a true legend.. RIP..

  • the truth

    Was true legeng and a very good entertainer.Open many doors for black people. RIP

  • yv

    She is beautiful and a wonderful star. I’m glad she is one who could look past color all around. Instead of just not acknowledging white people, but living with them and just feeling for all mankind

  • Rocky

    A true beauty. Prayers go out to her family and friends.

  • AutumnM

    Lena was so talented,beautiful and classy! A true legend. Great lady. She will be missed.

    RIP

  • callmewhatever

    R.I.P gorgeous. We love you.

  • bohemeselene

    Rest in peace lovely Lena

  • http://happytoo.com happy girl

    RIP Lena. So graceful, beautiful and talented. They don’t make them like you anymore. She broke down barriers and opened so many doors. She endured so much yet kept fighting. Her children were kicked out of a well known LA swimming pool because they were black, she entered clubs through the back door even if she was performing in them, she had to hide her marriage for years because her husband was white. If it weren’t for her, so many would not be where they are. Lena, wherever you are, I hope you are smiling and at peace and I hope you knew how much you did for others. RIP. I loved your voice. It will be missed.

  • LuckyL

    This is so sad, rest in peace, and I commend her subtle message about working together with all races.

  • http://www.twitter.com/kvogue III

    R.I.P

  • http://justjared.buzznet.com/2010/05/09/halle-berry-mothers-day/#comments elle

    R.I.P Beauty, talent and class!

  • Go Ask Alice

    Dignity. Class.A true star,entertainer Never a whiney baby. Well studied in her craft. Never used computers for voice.
    Had a real persoanl life she nuruted as well as a professioanl life.
    Her daughter , gail, married Director Sidney Lumet.
    Horne has two granddaughters from her.
    Horne had been ailing for years. At 92, she had a great and full life in every area of life.

  • Ryan

    love you lena

  • http://JUSTJARED RIP

    SHE WAS A WOMEN FULL OF TALENT, BEAUTY, CLASS, INTELLIGENT, INTERESTING PERSON, SO NOW, PLEASE DON’T LET THAT NO TALENT HALLE BERRY EVEN THINK TO PLAY HER LIFE, IT IS LIKE GOING FROM A HIGH TO A LOW. LENA WAS A REAL PERSON, HALLE IS JUST PLAIN OLD PHONY, WHO LACKS TALENT, BEAUTY(SHE IS JUST AVERAGE) AND REAL WOMENLY CLASS.

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