R.I.P. Lena Horne
Lena Horne is in one of my favorite movies, Cabin in the Sky (1943).
Check it out if you have time. Great film.
Lena Horne was born in Bed Stuy Brooklyn on June 30, 1917 and passed yesterday, May 9, 2010. She attended what is now Boy and Girls High School (Formerly Girls High School on Fulton street, Brooklyn but dropped out before graduating.
She started performing in New York's Cotton Club at 16 years of age. As well as being a serious triple threat (singer, dancer and actress) she had strong political views and was black listed in 1947.
Here's a great time line of her life.
Here's a clip from when she was on another of my favorite TV shows, A Different World. She enters at 1:33.
Here is the rest of the clip.
I love her line towards the end...
The best thing about living is being able to keep on doing it!