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Lena Horne

 
Date Of Birth:
June 30, 1917 (105)
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, NY, USA
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 ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: June 30, 1917 (105)

Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY, USA

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 ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Unknown, 1981
Performer
  [Broadway]
Concert [Broadway], 1974
Performer
  [Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1961
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1957
Savannah
  [Broadway]
1939
Performer
  [Broadway]
1934
A Quadronne Girl
  [Los Angeles]
Los Angeles Revival, 1978
Vera Simpson

Lena Horne Biography

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 Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 1981 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Lena Horne, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1981 - Special Citation Gold Star
Lena Horne, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music
 
Tony Awards - 1981 - Special Tony Award Gold Star
Lena Horne, The Lady and Her Music
 
Tony Awards - 1958 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Lena Horne, Jamaica

Lena Horne News

Award-Winning Director/Composer Barry Kleinbort Joins JAMIE DEROY & FRIENDS As Co- Photo Award-Winning Director/Composer Barry Kleinbort Joins JAMIE DEROY & FRIENDS As Co-Host
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 28, 2022

Barry Kleinbort, multi-award director, composer, lyricist, and librettist joins¬†‚ÄúJamie deRoy & friends‚Ä̬†as co-host.¬† He will team with Jamie deRoy, the legendary 10-time Tony Award Broadway Producer and founder of her popular long-running talk show.

Feature: 30 Days Of Cabaret Gratitude - Day Twenty-Eight - The Classics Photo Feature: 30 Days Of Cabaret Gratitude - Day Twenty-Eight - The Classics
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 28, 2022

Broadway World Cabaret is looking at the work of some artists who are, most definitely, THE CLASSICS.

Malik Yoba and David Heron Celebrate AGAINST HIS WILL Staged Reading at the Apollo Photo Malik Yoba and David Heron Celebrate AGAINST HIS WILL Staged Reading at the Apollo
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 22, 2022

Actor-Producer Malik Yoba and Playwright David Heron are celebrating the success of their recent staged reading production of Heron's award winning courtroom drama Against His Will, held at the world famous Apollo Soundstage in New York on Monday, November 7.

Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso, and Billy Stritch to Star in 13th Annual SWINGING BIRDLA Photo Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso, and Billy Stritch to Star in 13th Annual SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 22, 2022

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB¬†will present the 13th¬†Annual¬†‚ÄúA Swinging Birdland Christmas‚Ä̬†‚Äď starring vocalists¬†Klea Blackhurst,¬†Jim Caruso,¬†and¬†Billy Stritch¬†‚Äď for¬†six performances¬†from¬†Tuesday,¬†December 20¬†to¬†Sunday, December 25¬†at¬†5:30 PM.

Josephine Beavers Returns To 54 Below, December 6 And 29 Photo Josephine Beavers Returns To 54 Below, December 6 And 29
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 21, 2022

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, has announced that Josephine Beavers' will return to the club on December 6th¬†and 29th, 2022. Beavers will perform hits from the Great American Songbook, seasonal and holiday favorites including her new single,¬†‚ÄúI Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever.‚Ä̬†

Edmund Begnall to Present HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS at Birdland Theater in December Photo Edmund Begnall to Present HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS at Birdland Theater in December
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 18, 2022

BIRDLAND THEATER will present singer and violinist Edmund Bagnell in ‚ÄúHome for the Holidays‚ÄĚ on Monday, December 12 at 8:30 PM. The countdown to the holidays is on, and through music and humor Bagnell shares his heartfelt and humorous recipe for a perfectly imperfect holiday season.

Kate Baldwin & Georgia Stitt to Co-Host MISS: BROADWAY'S WOMEN SONGWRITERS at 92NY Photo Kate Baldwin & Georgia Stitt to Co-Host MISS: BROADWAY'S WOMEN SONGWRITERS at 92NY
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 16, 2022

Lyrics and Lyricists will present MISS: Broadway’s Women Songwriters on December 10, 11 and 12, celebrating Broadway’s long history of women songwriters and their indelible work, in a show conceived, co-written and co-hosted by two-time Tony nominee Kate Baldwin and award-winning composer-lyricist Georgia Stitt.

SIX to Play Limited Engagement at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas in March 2023 Photo SIX to Play Limited Engagement at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas in March 2023
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 16, 2022

The Tony Award-winning global sensation SIX will debut at The Palazzo Theatre inside The Venetian Resort Las Vegas on March 21, 2023, for a strictly limited seven-week engagement.

Centaur Theatre Presents DARK DIVAS Next Month Photo Centaur Theatre Presents DARK DIVAS Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Nov 15, 2022

Celebrating the legends who changed the course of music and entertainment forever, Centaur Theatre presents DARK DIVAS, a musical journey honouring the lives of iconic black female entertainers of the jazz age, created and performed by beloved Montreal jazz singer Ranee Lee.

LaChanze, Norm Lewis, Michael McElroy & More Announced as New Black Theatre United Ex Photo LaChanze, Norm Lewis, Michael McElroy & More Announced as New Black Theatre United Executive Committee
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 14, 2022

Black Theatre United has announced its new Executive Leadership Committee which includes President LaChanze, Vice President Michael McElroy, Secretary Lisa Dawn Cave, Treasurer Norm Lewis and Compliance Officer Tamara Tunie.

Lena Horne Videos

Video: Inside the Unveiling of the New Lena Horne Theatre on Broadway Videoplay
Video: Inside the Unveiling of the New Lena Horne Theatre on Broadway

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 2, 2022

Yesterday, the Nederlander Organization unveiled the new Lena Horne Theatre in honor of the iconic entertainer and civil rights activist. This is the first Broadway theatre in history to be named for a Black woman. See footage from the ceremony here!

Celebrating Black History Month: Encores! Eases On Down the Road with THE WIZ in 2009 Videoplay
Celebrating Black History Month: Encores! Eases On Down the Road with THE WIZ in 2009

by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 14, 2021

Today we're celebrating Black History Month by taking a closer look at the 2009 Encores! production of The Wiz, which starred James Monroe Iglehart, Joshua Henry, LaChanze, Ashanti and more. Watch as we take you inside rehearsals with the cast!

Showtime Presents EDDIE GRIFFIN: E-NIGGMA Stand-Up Special Videoplay
Showtime Presents EDDIE GRIFFIN: E-NIGGMA Stand-Up Special

by Abigail Charpentier - Nov 13, 2019

Veteran entertainer Eddie Griffin is back for his third SHOWTIME comedy special, EDDIE GRIFFIN: E-NIGGMA, premiering on Friday, December 6 at 11 p.m. ET/PT. The hour-long special is filmed at the restored, historic landmark Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, home to many iconic performers including Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Lena Horne. Griffin's unapologetic storytelling canvasses his 30-plus year comedy career and offers an intimate glimpse into the 10th year of his nightly Las Vegas residency, The Eddie Griffin Experience. Through his quick wit and a fiery rhetoric, Griffin flexes his perspective on a number of personal family situations and real-world issues while teaching sociopolitical and hypothetical history lessons along the way.

VIDEO: Legendary Orchestrator, Arranger Harold Wheeler was Honored with a Lifetime Ac Videoplay
VIDEO: Legendary Orchestrator, Arranger Harold Wheeler was Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tony Awards

by Stage Tube - Jun 9, 2019

On Sunday night, the Tony Awards honored legendary orchestrator and arranger Harold Wheeler with one of three 2019 Lifetime Achievement Awards. Wheeler is currently represented on Broadway with AIN'T TOO PROUD - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS. Watch Howard Wheeler accept the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award here.

BWW TV: Watch Maurice Hines Sing from GUYS & DOLLS in New Show at Feinstein's/54 Belo Videoplay
BWW TV: Watch Maurice Hines Sing from GUYS & DOLLS in New Show at Feinstein's/54 Below!

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 23, 2019

Maurice Hines, best known for Eubie!, Uptown….It's Hot!, and Hot Feet, returns to Feinstein's/54 Below (June7-8) in Tappin' Thru Life with the internationally acclaimed All Female Jazz Orchestra DIVA. Along with tappers John Manzari and Leo Manzari, he pays tribute to his brother Gregory and their lives in show business, from TV to film, Broadway, Vegas, and beyond. Featuring songs like "Luck Be A Lady," "Smile," and "Come Fly with Me," Tappin' Thru Life celebrates the performers that inspire Hines, from Frank Sinatra to Lena Horne.

BWW TV Exclusive: Konversations with Keeme: A Chat with Tamara Tunie Videoplay
BWW TV Exclusive: Konversations with Keeme: A Chat with Tamara Tunie

by Konversations with Keeme - Jun 20, 2018

This episode features: Tamara Tunie who starred for 15 seasons as Medical Examiner Dr. Melinda Warner in the top-rated series 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.' Tunie, also, starred as Marie Van Der Veen, the matriarch and the "moral fiber" of a Native American tribe, on Sundance TV's THE RED ROAD. COMING SOON, Tunie stars in AMC's new series DIETLAND and the BBC/Netflix political drama "The Forgiving Earth".   She also appeared in the highly visible role of Alberta Green in season one of the hit series '24', as well as guest appearances on "Better Call Saul", "Blue Bloods", "Billions", "Alpha House", "Elementary" "Survivor's Remorse", "Zoo", "The Good Wife", 'Law and Order,' 'Sex and the City,' and 'NYPD Blue",  to name a handful.

VIDEO: Leslie Uggams Stars As Lena Horne in STORMY WEATHER Videoplay
VIDEO: Leslie Uggams Stars As Lena Horne in STORMY WEATHER

by Stage Tube - May 30, 2018

Tony & Emmy Award-winner Leslie Uggams stars as the legendary 'Lena Horne' in this fascinating new bio-musical featuring sensational hits such as 'The Lady Is A Tramp,' 'Come Rain or Come Shine,' 'Stardust' and 'How Deep is the Ocean.'

VIDEO: Watch High Schoolers Tribute James M. Nederlander at the Jimmy Awards!
by Stage Tube - Jul 11, 2017

Below, check out a special tribute to James M. Nederlander featuring Sam Bennett, Briley Blade, Trey Caperton, Jack D'Angelo, Seamus Foley, Eric Garden, Ian Hayes, Levi Hopkins, Nathan Keffer, Lane Mogen, Joey Myers, Ramone Nelson, Patrick Shannon, Nathan Sink, Jacob Swanson, Cameron Vargas, William Webster, Stephanie Ainsworth, Grace Auer, Laurel Bollard, Elon Tobias, Shelby Ennis, Kayla Fallick, Briana Fleming, Sophia Rose Franklin, Hatty King, Jessica Lewis, Jaynie Parmenter, Morgan Roberts, Adriel Salinas, Marisa Spahn, Jilian Strattman, Adeline Tourondel, Liz Valentin.

VIDEO: On This Day, May 9: Remembering Lena Horne
by Stage Tube - May 9, 2017

Today we remember stage and screen star, singer Lena Horne died who passed away on this day in 2010 at the age of 92.

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Tony Sheldon and More in THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT - THE SMELL OF THE CROWD at Goodspeed
by Stage Tube - May 31, 2016

Goodspeed Musicals continues its commitment to innovative, thought-provoking works with a bold reimagining of the witty and ridiculous The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd. The tremendously talented cast of four will be Tony Sheldon playing the role of Sir,Caesar Samayoa appearing as Cocky, Michelle Aravena as The Kid, and Gregory Treco as The Stranger. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at highlights below!


Lena Horne Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Lena Horne been in?
Lena Horne has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

How many West End shows has Lena Horne been in?
Lena Horne has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Lena Horne been nominated for?
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music , Special Citation (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Special Tony Award (Tony Awards) for The Lady and Her Music and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Jamaica .

What awards has Lena Horne won?
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Special Citation (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Musicand Special Tony Award (Tony Awards) for The Lady and Her Music.