Lena Horne, winner of two Grammy awards, a Tony award, the Spingarn Medal, and countless hearts, died yesterday in New York.
Ms. Horne revolutionized the image of African-American women on the silver screen, refusing to be cast as a maid or other stereotypical roles. Ms. Horne continued to wow audiences performing well into her eighties in the studio and on the Broadway stage.
For more information about her inspirational life, try her biography, written just last year, Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne by James Gavin. In addition to her amazing recording career, Ms. Horne's talents were showcased on screen.