Actress and singer Lena Horne, the first African-American performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio, died Sunday night.
She was 92 years old.
The actress was known for her contributions to the Civil Rights movement and for crossing racial boundaries in Hollywood during a time when blacks were relegated to smaller roles and productions.
She is best known for her performances in “Cabin in the Sky” and “Stormy Weather.”
Horne died at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, according to The New York Times.
Much more on Horne’s biography at her IMDB page.
Related: “She was ageless, but unfortunately mortal,” John Nolte adds, in his encomium at Big Hollywood, complete with video.