Lena Horne, the most prominent African-American star of the Forties and Fifties silver screen with the heartbreakingly beautiful face and voice to match, was the first black performer to be signed by a Hollywood studio.

Horn fought fervently over the decades against racial discrimination.

A life, then, not so simple, but so significant, it’s impossible not to feel inspired. ‘My life has been about surviving,’ she once said. ‘Along the way, I also became an artist.’

Read our profile on Lena Horne or simply enjoy this inspirational gallery.

3 Responses

  1. Rebecka

    One of my favourites voices – thanks for sharing! x

  2. Cladrite Radio

    While I’m loath to be pedantic, it’s good form, when paying tribute to a pioneering cultural Icon, to get the details correct: Ms. Horne’s name was spelled with an e.