Legendary Jazz singer and actress Lena Horne died Sunday. The first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio, Horne died late Sunday, May 9. She was 92. According to the New York Times, her death at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center was announced by her son-in-law, Kevin Buckley. Horne is perhaps best known for musicals in the 1940s, including “Thousands Cheer,” “Broadway Rhythm,” “Two Girls and a Sailor,” “Ziegfeld Follies” and “Words and Music,’ in addition to a role in “Panama Hattie” in 1942. She also directed two all-black movie musicals, both made in 1943. Horne is survived by her daughter, Gail Lumet Buckley, the Times said. Her husband died in 1971 and her son died of kidney failure the same year. – She will be missed but her contributions will never be forgotten.
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