Lena Horne

Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY, USA

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Lena Horne BIO

Horne was an American dancer, actress, Grammy-winning singer, and civil rights activist. Horne's career spanned over 70 years, appearing in film, television, and theater. Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of 16 and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood.

Horne advocated for human rights and took part in the March on Washington in August 1963. Later she returned to her roots as a nightclub performer and continued to work on television, while releasing well-received record albums. She announced her retirement in March 1980, but the next year starred in a one-woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, which ran for more than 300 performances on Broadway. She then toured the country in the show, earning numerous awards and accolades. Horne continued recording and performing sporadically into the 1990s, retreating from the public eye in 2000. Horne died of congestive heart failure on May 9, 2010, at the age of 92.

Lena Horne Photos


Unknown, 1981

Concert [Broadway], 1974

Closed on the road, 1961

Original Broadway Production, 1957


A Quadronne Girl

[Los Angeles]
Los Angeles Revival, 1978
Vera Simpson

Lena Horne Movies

[1938]The Duke Is Tops Ethel Andrews

[1943]Cabin in the Sky Georgia Brown

[1943]Swing Fever Lena Horne

[1943]I Dood It Lena Horne

[1943]Thousands Cheer Lena Horne

[1943]Stormy Weather Selina Rogers

[1944]Broadway Rhythm Fernway de la Fer

[1944]Two Girls and a Sailor Lena Horne

[1945]Ziegfeld Follies Lena HorneLove

[1948]Words and Music Lena Horne

[1950]Duchess of Idaho Lena Horne

[1956]Meet Me in Las Vegas Lena Horne

[1969]Death of a Gunfighter Claire Quintana

[1978]The Wiz Glinda the Good

Lena Horne Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 1981 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Lena Horne, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music

New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1981 - Special Citation

Lena Horne, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music

Tony Awards - 1981 - Special Tony Award

Lena Horne, The Lady and Her Music

Lena Horne Videos

Lena Horne News

Photos: First Look at the New Queens of SIX in the West End

Get a first look at the new Queens of Six in the West End. Check out the all new photos here!

Review: SIX at Orpheum Theatre Memphis

You likely learned the rhyme in history in school. Divorced-Beheaded-Died-Divorced-Beheaded-Survived. Everyone knows who King Henry VIII is because of his six wives. Most of us can name each of his wives but have no idea who was wife to King Henry VII. For me, a prominent Tudor history geek, it was the concept and the story that drew me to Six the musical. When I first learned about it, I was obsessed before I even heard the songs.

SIX in Fort Worth Launches Digital Lottery

Performing Arts Fort Worth, the non-profit owner and operator of Bass Performance Hall, and the producers of the musical phenomenon SIX have announced a digital lottery powered by Broadway Direct, offering fans the chance to purchase a limited number of $36 tickets available for all performances of SIX at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall.

Video: Johnny Mathis and Kristin Chenoweth Sing 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town'

An all new video has been released, featuring Kristin Chenoweth and Johnny Mathis performing 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town'! The video features an endearing animated version of the two performers as they ring in the holiday season.

Special Sing-Along Performance of SIX Comes to Chicago in July 2024

Broadway In Chicago has announced the first sing-along performance here in Chicago of SIX on Saturday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the James M. Nederlander Theatre.

SIX Releases New Block of Tickets Through September 8, 2024

A new block of tickets has just been released for Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss's Tony Award-winning global smash hit musical SIX, and tickets are now available through September 8, 2024.

Photos: First Look at the Cast of Broadway-Bound THE WIZ; Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets are now on sale to the general public for The Wiz, set to open on Broadway on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in a limited engagement at the Marquis Theatre (210 West 46th Street). Check out all new character posters, featuring a first look at the cast, in the photos here! 

Adriana Scalice Joins the SIX Boleyn Tour as Catherine Parr

Adriana Scalice (Mean Girls) has joined the second year of the North American tour of the Tony Award®-winning hit musical SIX (called the “Boleyn Tour”) as Catherine Parr.

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Son Truman Visit SIX on Broadway

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and son Truman Hanks, saw Broadway's SIX at the Lena Horne Theatre on Saturday night (November 4) and went backstage to meet the cast. Check out a photo of the Hanks family and cast here!

Photos: Dogs Dressed as the SIX Queens Meet the SIX Queens of Broadway

Check out adorable photos of dogs dressed as the SIX Queens as they visit the cast of 'SIX' on Broadway. A must-see for dog lovers and fans of the hit musical!

AXIS Theatre Company to Present SEVEN IN ONE BLOW, OR THE BRAVE LITTLE KID Interactive Play

AXIS Theatre Company will present 'SEVEN IN ONE BLOW, OR THE BRAVE LITTLE KID,' an interactive play adapted from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale.

New Musical ONWARD & UPWARD Will Receive Developmental Lab Readings This Month

Amas Musical Theatre and the Amas Musical Theatre Lab, will present developmental lab readings of Onward & Upward, a new musical based on the play “Up (The Man in the Flying Chair)”, with music by Charlie Romano, lyrics by Will Wegner, book by Will Wegner and Charlie Romano at Ripley-Grier Studios.

Photos & Video: The Harmonists From HARMONY Visit the Queens of SIX on Broadway

Get a look as The Harmonists from HARMONY visit the cast of SIX on Broadway.

Jeannette Bayardelle, Emily Bergl & More Join THE POST-ROE MONOLOGUES Benefit Performance

Additional cast members have been announced for the benefit performance of 'The Post-Roe Monologues' at Merkin Hall on November 6. Don't miss this powerful and timely show!

SIX in Toronto to Launch Queen of the Month Initiative

Celebrate those who inspire you with SIX THE MUSICAL! Check out the Queen of the Month feature and discover the incredible women behind the show.

Thunderstorm Artis Releases New Single 'Scared to Love'

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Thunderstorm Artis has unveiled his latest single, “Scared to Love,” a song about finding your soulmate. Artis has released several tracks over the last year - “Take Me To The Fire,” “Stronger,” which was featured on “Grey’s Anatomy,' 'Surprise,' and most recently, “Stand Up Eight.”

Tour Queens Will Reprise Their Roles in SIX on Broadway

New queens will be joining the Broadway production of Six this December! Find out who is joining the cast here!

Telly Leung & More to Star in HAS ANYONE SEEN MY MIND? Industry Readings

Private industry readings of 'Has Anyone Seen My Mind?' by Bill Russell, are scheduled for October 26 & 27.

THE WIZ to Play Pittsburgh's Benedum Center Beginning This Month

'The Wiz' will play the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh from October 31 to November 5, 2023. Get all the details and ticket information here!

Exhilarating New Musical Phenomenon SIX Comes To Stranahan Theater, November 14�"19

SIX, the hit musical, will open the 23-24 Broadway in Toledo series this November. Presented by The American Theatre Guild, the show will run from November 14-19, 2023 at the Stranahan Theater in Toledo, OH. Interviews available.


Lena Horne has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

Lena Horne has not appeared in the West End

Lena Horne has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. These include the Outstanding Actress in a Musical category at the Drama Desk Awards for her performance in "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music." She also received a Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for the same show. Additionally, Horne was honored with a Special Tony Award for "The Lady and Her Music" and was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for her role in "Jamaica."

Lena Horne has won several awards for her performances on Broadway. She received the Outstanding Actress in a Musical award from the Drama Desk Awards for her role in "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music." She also received a Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for the same production. Additionally, Horne was honored with a Special Tony Award for her performance in "The Lady and Her Music" at the Tony Awards.

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