Lena Mary Calhoun Hayton (Horne) (1917 - 2010) MP

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Place of Burial: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, United States
Birthplace: Brooklyn, Kings, NY, USA
Death: Died in New York, NY, USA
Occupation: Singer, dancer and actress
Managed by: Elyse Vahjen (Deutscher)
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About Lena Mary Calhoun Hayton (Horne)

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was a singer, dancer, actress, and activist who had a wildly successful career as a nightclub performer and recording artist. She was one of the first African-Americans to sign a long-term movie contract with a major Hollywood studio when she joined MGM in 1942. Horne was also a noted stage actress, but her success in Hollywood was cut short because of her outspoken activism and African-American heritage.

She has recorded and performed extensively, independently and with other jazz notables, including Artie Shaw, Teddy Wilson, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Charlie Barnet, Benny Carter and Billy Eckstine.


  • That's Entertainment! III (16-Jun-1994) Herself
  • The Wiz (24-Oct-1978)
  • Death of a Gunfighter (25-Apr-1969)
  • Meet Me in Las Vegas (9-Mar-1956) Herself
  • Duchess of Idaho (14-Jul-1950) Herself
  • Words and Music (9-Dec-1948) Herself
  • Till the Clouds Roll By (5-Dec-1946)
  • Ziegfeld Follies (8-Apr-1946)
  • Two Girls and a Sailor (27-Apr-1944) Herself
  • Broadway Rhythm (19-Jan-1944)
  • Stormy Weather (17-Nov-1943)
  • Thousands Cheer (13-Sep-1943) Herself
  • I Dood It (Sep-1943) Herself
  • Cabin in the Sky (9-Apr-1943)
  • Panama Hattie (Sep-1942) Herself
  • The Bronze Venus (Jun-1938)


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Lena Horne's Timeline

June 30, 1917
Brooklyn, Kings, NY, USA
February, 1940
Age 22
Age 29
United States
May 9, 2010
Age 92
New York, NY, USA
New York, Kings, New York, United States