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. L Gray

    RIP Lena you are loved and will be missed.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. dlb

    such a beautiful lady, even in her older years. You will be missed.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Stephanie

    Such a beautiful and talented woman. One of the only true ladies that have graced us with her presence. You will be missed. You are adored. ♥

    May 10, 2010 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kylo Anderson

    While I'm sad to read about the passing of a legend such as Lena, I'm also sad to see there's nothing more than a few sentences about her life. New York Times did two pages on this woman and wonderful life she lived. She'll be missed surely. What an inspiration to us all.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tracy

    If you're up here in heaven, Lena, say Hi to my parents...They both loved you so much!

    May 10, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. suzy diamond

    The end of a legion. You will be missed.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Roberto Bemfica Peters

    She was indeed a great artist. She will be missed, without a doubt. Rest in peace.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Pj

    They will write more about her...she just died give them a minute.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. Fan

    Thank You Lena for all the doors you opened. Rest in Paradise!

    May 10, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. Judith Cain

    I saw her remarkable one-woman show in New Orleans in the early 80s. I hold that memory very dear.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. CGC

    Lena Horne will be missed. An extraordinary talent and activist with a huge since of priide in who she was and where she came from. May GOD welcome you with lovingly arms and grant you eternal peace!

    May 10, 2010 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tracy

    You graced us with your ageless beauty, charm and talent. You were an example to all women how to be a proper lady. You shall forever be loved and missed. Rest in Peace Ms. Horne.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Barry HArper

    A legend and a great lady. Even when I was a kid in the 60's she was one of the few black faces we saw on the variety shows.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jennifer J.

    Wow is this a shocker! Yes, she is 92 however, this is still a shocker. May you rest in eternal peace Ms. Horne.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dee Boss

    @ Dill Weed...You are ignorant.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
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