Legendary singer, dancer, and actress Lena Horne — who broke racial barriers for African-Americans when she signed a long-term contract with a major Hollywood studio in the 1940s – died at a New York hospital over the weekend. She was 92.
A spokeswoman for New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center confirmed Horne died at the hospital on Sunday evening, but was not able to provide further details on the cause or time of her death.
Horne was the first person of color to sign a long-term movie contract with a major Hollywood studio. In 1942, she inked a contract with MGM, breaking a barrier once thought impossible to reach for African-Americans. The Stormy Weather star went on to appear in a bevy of musicals, such as Thousands Cheer in 1943, Broadway Rhythm in 1944, Two Girls and a Sailor in 1944, Ziegfeld Follies in 1946, and Words and Music in 1948.
Ms. Lena earned the Kennedy Center Honors in 1984 and received a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 1998.
Farewell, Ms. Horne.