As I said at Pat's, she's one of those beautiful women who just oozes glamor and class, the like of which we don't see very often these days.
I am so sorry to hear this Naomi. I hadn't heard that she had died. I'm sure she had to face so many challenges over the years, especially back in her younger days when blacks were still segregated. She certainly was a talented lady though, and she'll be missed.
she looks familiar but not sure if i have seen her before on tv or not.. thanks for sharing this with us..
Besides being a great performer, she did open doors than had been welded shut by tiny minds for eons.
Such a loss.
I'm not surprised that we both had the same thought and I'm glad that now more people will get to know what an icon she was. It's difficult for the women of today to realise what indignities a woman like Lena had to bear but she came through with dignity and panache.
Rest in peace.
What a tragic loss, yes she was an icon. I remember reading about how Sam Cooke in the 50's wasn't allowed to perform in certain places and shows because he was black.
I also remember you talking about Lena on my blog and how much she meant to you. When a performer touches your heart it's as if they are singing just to you. When they die it's like losing a dear friend.
I had to post a small mention of her. I remember watching her when I was a child and so surprised that the racists in my family liked her. I heard Barbara Walters say today that people living in the Hills tried to oust her and one man stood up against them (what a man) Bogart. Lena moved in. I knew you would have a wonderful post about her. Thanks again for sharing your place in entertainment and civil rights history. Oh, yeah, baby, she was SAAA (sexy at any age)
A voice like honey and warm rain. And she sang It's Not Easy Being Green on Sesame Street. One classy and gracious woman
Remember her appearance on the Cosby Show? She was Cliff's birthday surprise and she sang on the show. Sorry to say that is my only memory of her. I will have to listen to some of her music. I am sure she will new fans discovering her for years and years to come.
I hope this beloved lady and cultural icon will live forever in American and world history. What a gem!
I hadn't heard of her death until I read about it here.
What a class-act, refined & beautiful woman she was...working through "stormy weather" to find her place in life and in show business.
May she rest in peace.
She was a talented and courageous lady - a life well lived.
She was gorgeous, so talented, and it's wonderful she got a long, active life. She would have had a career greater than Halle Berry's except for racism. We are finally where actors can play parts and race isn't the first criteria. She definitely was one of the ground breakers.
I remember your previous post, Naomi. Lena was beautiful, talented and courageous. She will be missed.
I read the the post you blogged in Year 2006 Naomi and what a wonderful write-up and now a legend is gone. I'm so sorry to hear this.
I saw that Lena Horne had died on our local TV news program. They put together a very tasteful and informative short feature about her, how she got started in show business, her songs, her fight for equality, and her later career. A very classy and beautiful lady.
She was a great talent, without question. Lovely tribute to her here, Naomi
I awakened to the sad news of Ms Horne's death. I greatly admired her as a woman, jazz singer and performer. I continue to enjoy the recording I have of her one woman Broadway show. Lovely tribute you've written to her here and recall reading and enjoying the piece you wrote several years ago.
Naomi, you did a lovely tribute to Lena Horne. I love her beautiful and original voice. I am sorry...
oh, that's why I saw people post videos of Lena. I'm in the loop now, Naomi.
Beautiful woman, those cheekbones are incredible RIP. I have seen her on TV before but I did not realise she was 92 - what a great life and as you say she opened the doors for many.
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