Lena Horne

Singer Getting her start in Harlem's famed Cotton Club, Lena Mary Calhoun Horne became one of the prime entertainers of the early 20th century. The beautiful songstress starred in films like Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather. Although later blacklisted from Hollywood, the talented actress continued to snag television gigs, record hit records and even starred in her own show on Broadway, which garnered multiple awards and accolades. The Grammy-winning Brooklynite was heavily involved in the civil rights movement and was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. Her legacy is one that has touched the lives of millions and will continue to inspire generations for years to come.

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