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Lena Mary Calhoun Hayton (Horne)

Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Kings, NY, USA
Death: Died in New York, NY, USA
Place of Burial: New York, Kings, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edwin Fletcher Horne, Jr. and Edna Louise Horne
Wife of Leonard George Hayton
Ex-wife of <private> Jones
Mother of <private> Buckley (Jones) and Edwin Fletcher Jones

Occupation: Singer, dancer and actress
Managed by: Elyse Vahjen (Deutscher)
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About Lena 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
December 1947
Age 30
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
May 9, 2010
Age 92
New York, NY, USA
New York, Kings, New York, United States