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