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Also Known As: Died: May 9, 2010
Born: June 30, 1917 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1933:
Joined the chorus line of the Cotton Club in New York City at age 16
1934:
Made her stage debut in "Dance with Your Gods"
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Toured as a singer with Noble Sissle's Orchestra
1938:
Made her film debut in "The Duke Is Tops"
1940:
Toured with bandleader Charlie Barnet
1941:
Replaced Dinah Shore as the featured vocalist on NBC's popular jazz series "The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street"
1942:
Signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, becoming the first black performer to sign a long-term contract with a major Hollywood studio
1942:
First film with MGM, "Panama Hattie"
1943:
Made debut in a leading role in "Stormy Weather"; also performed the title song
1943:
Had a lead role in the all-black musical "Cabin in the Sky"
1945:
Featured in the musical "Ziegfeld Follies," where she performed "Love" by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
1950:
Appeared in last film for six years, "Duchess of Idaho," starring Esther Williams
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Blacklisted by movie and TV industries in the early 1950s for her political views
1956:
Appeared in the musical "Meet Me in Las Vegas"
1958:
Starred on Broadway in the Calypso musical "Jamaica"; received a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical
1969:
Starred in her own U.S. television special "Monsanto Night Presents Lena Horne"
1969:
Returned to films playing a dramatic role in "Death of a Gunfighter"
1970:
Co-starred with Harry Belafonte in the hour long "Harry & Lena" for ABC
1974:
Toured England and the United States with Tony Bennett
1976:
Gave a memorable appearance in "America Salutes Richard Rodgers," where she sang a lengthy medley of Rodgers songs with Peggy Lee and Vic Damone
1978:
Returned to films after another lengthy absence to play Glinda the Good Witch in the all-black re-telling of "The Wizard of Oz," entitled "The Wiz"
1981:
Starred on Broadway in the long-running one-woman concert show "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music"
1988:
Recorded the album <i>The Men In My Life</i>, featuring duets with Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joe Williams
1989:
Appeared as herself in the feature documentary, "Entertaining the Troops"
1994:
Recorded an album composed largely of Strayhorn's and Ellington's songs, <i>We'll Be Together Again</i>
1994:
Co-hosted the documentary compilation "That's Entertainment III," saluting the halcyon days of the MGM musical
1994:
Made her final concert performances at New York's Supper Club and Carnegie Hall; a live album of these concerts were released the following year
1998:
Released her final studio album, <i>Being Myself</i>
2000:
Briefly returned to the recording studio to contribute vocal tracks on Simon Rattle's <i>Classic Ellington</i> album
2004:
Appeared as herself in the celebration of MGM's golden years "The Masters Behind the Musicals"
2006:
A collection of rare and unreleased recordings were released by Blue Note Records, <i>Seasons of a Life</i>

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