The Talented Lena Horne Part Three

The Talented Lena Horne Part Three

 

Personal life

Horne married Louis Jordan Jones in January 1937 in Pittsburgh. On December 21, 1937, their daughter, Gail (later known as Gail Lumet Buckley, a writer) was born. They had a son, Edwin Jones (February 7, 1940 – September 12, 1970) who died of kidney disease. Horne and Jones separated in 1940 and divorced in 1944. Horne’s second marriage was to Lennie Hayton, who was Music Director and one of the premier musical conductors and arrangers at MGM, in December 1947 in Paris. They separated in the early 1960s, but never divorced; he died in 1971. In her as-told-to autobiography Lena by Richard Schickel, Horne recounts the enormous pressures she and her husband faced as an interracial couple. She later admitted in an interview in Ebony (May 1980) that she had married Hayton to advance her career and cross the “color-line” in show business.
Horne also had a long and close relationship with Billy Strayhorn, whom she said she would have married if he had been heterosexual. He was also an important professional mentor to her. Screenwriter Jenny Lumet, known for her award-winning screenplay Rachel Getting Married, is Horne’s granddaughter, the daughter of filmmaker Sidney Lumet and Horne’s daughter Gail. Her other grandchildren include Gail’s other daughter, Amy Lumet, and her son’s four children, Thomas, William, Samadhi, and Lena. Her great-grandchildren include the actor Jake Cannavale.

 

Death

Horne died on May 9, 2010. Her funeral took place at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on Park Avenue in New York. Thousands gathered and attendees included Leontyne Price, Dionne Warwick, Liza Minnelli, Jessye Norman, Chita Rivera, Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Leslie Uggams, Lauren Bacall, Robert Osborne, Audra McDonald, and Vanessa Williams. After the service, her remains were cremated.

 

Legacy

In 2003, ABC announced that Janet Jackson would star as Horne in a television biographical film. In the weeks following Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” debacle during the 2004 Super Bowl, however, Variety reported that Horne had demanded Jackson be dropped from the project. “ABC executives resisted Horne’s demand”, according to the Associated Press report, “but Jackson representatives told the trade newspaper that she left willingly after Horne and her daughter, Gail Lumet Buckley, asked that she not take part.” Oprah Winfrey stated to Alicia Keys during a 2005 interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show that she might possibly consider producing the biopic herself, casting Keys as Horne.
In January 2005, Blue Note Records, her label for more than a decade, announced that “the finishing touches have been put on a collection of rare and unreleased recordings by the legendary Horne made during her time on Blue Note.” Remixed by her longtime producer Rodney Jones, the recordings featured Horne in remarkably secure voice for a woman of her years, and include versions of such signature songs as “Something to Live For”, “Chelsea Bridge”, and “Stormy Weather”. The album, originally entitled Soul but renamed Seasons of a Life, was released on January 24, 2006. In 2007, Horne was portrayed by Leslie Uggams as the older Lena and Nikki Crawford as the younger Lena in the stage musical Stormy Weather staged at the Pasadena Playhouse in California (January to March 2009). In 2011, Horne was also portrayed by actress Ryan Jillian in a one-woman show titled Notes from A Horne staged at the Susan Batson studio in New York City, from November 2011 to February 2012. The 83rd Academy Awards presented a tribute to Horne by actress Halle Berry at the ceremony held February 27, 2011.

 

Awards and recognition

Grammy Awards

Lena Horne Grammy Award History
1995
An Evening with Lena Horne
Best Jazz Vocal Performance
Won
1989

Lifetime Achievement Award
Won
1988
The Men in My Life
Best Jazz Vocal Performance
Nominated
“I Won’t Leave You Again” (with Joe Williams)
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group
Nominated
1981
Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
Won
Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music
Best Cast Show Album
Won
1962
Porgy and Bess
Best Solo Vocal Performance, Female
Nominated
1961
Lena Horne at the Sands
Best Vocal Performance Album, Female
Nominated

Other awards

Year
Organization
Category
Result
Notes
2006
Martin Luther King, Jr.
National Historic Site
International Civil Rights Walk of Fame[32]
Inducted

1999
NAACP Image Award
Outstanding Jazz Artist
Won

1997
Society of Singers
Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award
Won
for “whom singers are awarded for their contribution to the world of music along with their dedicated efforts to benefit the community and worldwide causes”
1994
Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award
Songwriters Hall of Fame
Won

?
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Won
Honor (motion pictures)
?
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Won
Honor (recordings)
1987
American Society of Composers,
Authors and Publishers
The ASCAP Pied Piper Award
Won
Given to entertainers who have made significant contributions to words and music
1985
Emmy Award
Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music
Nominee

1984
John F. Kennedy Center for
the Performing Arts
Kennedy Center Honors
Won
For extraordinary talent, creativity, and perseverance
1980
Howard University
Honorary doctorate
Honored

1980
Drama Desk Awards
Outstanding Actress – Musical
Won
Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music
1980
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards
Special Citation
Won
Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music
1981
Tony Awards
Special Citation
Won
Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music
1957
Tony Awards
Best Actress
Nominee
Jamaica

 

Filmography

Film

* Cab Calloway’s Jitterbug Party (1935) (short subject)
* The Duke Is Tops (1938)
* Panama Hattie (1942)
* Cabin in the Sky (1943)
* Stormy Weather (1943)
* Thousands Cheer (1943)
* I Dood It (1943)
* Swing Fever (1943)
* Boogie-Woogie Dream (1944) (short subject; filmed in 1941)
* Broadway Rhythm (1944)
* Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)
* Studio Visit (1946) (short subject; featuring outtake from Cabin in the Sky)
* Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
* Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
* Words and Music (1948)
* Some of the Best (1949) (short subject)
* Duchess of Idaho (1950)
* Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956)
* The Heart of Show Business (1957) (short subject)
* Now! (1965) (short subject) (voice only)
* Death of a Gunfighter (1969)
* The Wiz (1978)
* That’s Entertainment! III (1994)
* Strange Frame (2012) (archive footage)

Television

* What’s My Line? (as Mystery Guest, September 27, 1953)
* “What’s My Line?” (as Mystery Guest, March 2, 1958)
* The Judy Garland Show (as herself, October 13, 1963)
* The Perry Como Show (as herself, March 5, 1965)
* Sesame Street (as herself, Episode #5.1, November 19, 1973)
* Sanford & Son (“A Visit from Lena Horne” as herself, #2. January 12, 1973)
* The Muppet Show (as herself, 1976)
* Sesame Street (as herself, Episode #7.76, March 15, 1976)
* The Cosby Show (“Cliff’s Birthday” as herself, May 9, 1985)
* A Different World (“A Rock, a River, a Lena” as herself, July 1993)

Discography

Albums

* Dance with Your Gods 1934
* Lew Leslie’s Blackbirds of 1939 1939
* Moanin’ Low RCA Victor 1942
* Little Girl Blue Black & White 1947
* Classics in Blue Black & White 1947
* It’s Love RCA Victor 1955
* Lena Horne at the Waldorf Astoria RCA Victor 1957 – Live
* Stormy Weather RCA Victor 1956–1957
* Lena Horne at the Cocoanut Grove RCA Victor 1957
* Jamaica [Original Cast Recording] RCA Victor 1957
* Give the Lady What She Wants RCA Victor 1958
* Porgy & Bess RCA Victor 1959 – with Harry Belafonte
* A Friend of Yours RCA Victor 1959
* Songs by Burke and Van Heusen RCA Victor 1960
* Lena Horne at the Sands RCA Victor 1960 – Live
* The Nine O’Clock Revue 1961
* Lena on the Blue Side RCA Victor 1962
* Lena…Lovely and Alive RCA Victor 1962
* Lena Horne Sings Your Requests Charter 1963
* Lena Like Latin (later retitled Lena Goes Latin) Charter 1963
* Here’s Lena Now! 20th Century 1964
* Feelin’ Good United Artists 1965
* Lena in Hollywood United Artists 1966
* Merry from Lena United Artists 1966
* Soul United Artists 1966
* Lena & Gabor Skye 1970 – with Gábor Szabó
* Harry & Lena RCA Victor 1970 with Harry Belafonte
* Nature’s Baby Buddha 1971
* Tony & Lena Sing (1974)
* Lena & Michel RCA Victor 1975 – with Michel Legrand
* Lena: A New Album RCA Victor 1976
* Pal Joey (1978)
* Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Qwest 1981 – Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
* The Men in My Life three Cherries – with Joe Williams and Sammy Davis Jr.
* We’ll Be Together Again Blue Note 1994
* An Evening with Lena Horne Blue Note 1995 – Live, Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album
* Being Myself Blue Note 1998
* Seasons of a Life Blue Note 2006
* The Best of Lena Horne EMI 2007
* Lena Horne Sings – The MGM Singles Verve 2010

Singles

As featured vocalist

* A:”That’s What Love Did To Me” (Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin) / B:”I Take To You” (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)
Issued in 1936 on 78rpm 10″ vinyl by Decca Records on Decca 778B. Credits Noble Sissle and his Orchestra, Lena Horne was credited as Leana Horne for this recording. Recorded on November 3, 1936, in New York.
* “Stormy Weather” (1943) #21 U.S. Pop
* “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” (1945) #21 U.S. Pop
* “‘Deed I Do” (1948) #26 U.S. Pop
* “Love Me or Leave Me” (1955) #19 U.S. Pop
* “Now!” (1963) #92 U.S. Pop
* “Watch What Happens” (w/Gabor Szabo) (1970) #119 U.S. Pop

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