Lena Horne

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Lena Horne
Birth name Lena Mary Calhoun Horne
Born June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died May 9, 2010 in New York, New York, USA from heart failure
Years Active 1933-2000
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Lena Horne was an American actress, singer and activist.




Starring Roles

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Cameo Appearance 2x04 - Show 18 October 7, 1968
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Cameo Appearance 2x07 - Show 21 October 28, 1968
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Cameo Appearance 2x13 - Show 27 December 30, 1968
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Cameo Appearance 2x21 - Show 35 February 24, 1969
Sanford and Son Herself 2x16 - A Visit from Lena Horne January 12, 1973
The Cosby Show Herself 1x24 - Cliff's Birthday May 9, 1985
A Different World Herself 6x25 - A Rock, a River, a Lena unaired, 1993

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Harry and Lena Herself March 22, 1970
Night of 100 Stars Herself March 8, 1982
Aretha Franklin: Duets Herself May 9, 1993

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

  • 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


  • Was politically liberal and had been a lifelong supporter of the Democrat Party
  • Had been blacklisted from Hollywood for several years during the 1950s when her name appeared in the publication Red Channels, which named entertainment personalities suspected (or in some cases, confirmed) of having ties to Communism, as well as for her association with actor/singer and Communist sympathizer Paul Robeson and for associating in the 1940s with Communist-backed groups, though she would later disavow Communism at the suggestion of Ed Sullivan.