May 10th, 2010
01:32 AM ET

Lena Horne dead at 92

Singer, dancer and actress Lena Horne died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Horne was 92.

She was one of the first African-Americans to sign a long-term movie contract with a major Hollywood studio when she joined MGM in 1942.

"I think the black boy that cleaned the shoes and me were the only two black people except the maids who were there working for the stars," Horne said in a CNN interview. "And it was very lonely,  and I wasn't very happy."

Still, Horne said she was grateful that her World War II-era films - including "Cabin in the Sky" and "Stormy Weather" - were seen by black and white soldiers.

"But after I realized I would only go so far, I went on the stage," Horne said.

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  1. Renee Austin Harris

    Lena,
    One of the greats! You will be sorely missed,your presence, your smile, your relentless contributions to the entertainment and civil rights world will live on in the hearts of many.

    You work is done on this side. Thank you for a job well done!

    Stormy Weather is now your anthem....

    May 12, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Lamar Cole

    Lena Horne was a lovely lady and always a class act.

    May 12, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. ddubya

    Lena, you are forever in my heart.

    ddubya

    May 13, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Rhonda Austin

    Rest in Peace, Lady Horne......please say hi to my baby boy, Pfc. Alan Jerome Austin. He was always a sucker for a lady with a pretty smile like yours!

    May 14, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. JB

    Thank you Mrs Horne, For all that you have given to the world. your grace and beauty will always be remember. RIP.

    May 21, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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