A proposed joint recording project between Horne and Frank Sinatra to be produced by Quincy Jones was ultimately abandoned, and her sole studio recording of the decade was 's The Men in My Lifefeaturing duets with Sammy Davis Jr. That same year, she had a supporting role in The Harlem Globetrotters Horne claimed this was due to the Production Code 's ban on interracial relationships in films, but MGM sources state she was never considered for the role in the first place.
Although Horne never considered herself a jazz singer, and jazz critics agreed, she frequently performed and recorded with jazz musicians, and from the s on, she, like other traditional pop singers such as Tony Bennett and Rosemary Clooneyoften was lumped in with jazz artists for marketing purposes.
The blacks who had fashioned specialty careers in Hollywood were dancers Bill "Bojangles" Robinson or comics Eddie "Rochester" Anderson.
Horne and Bennett subsequently toured the U. At the end ofshe re-signed to RCA, and she was back in the recording studio in March cutting a revival of the Ruth Etting hit "Love Me or Leave Me" to take advantage of the Etting film biography of the same name due for release that spring.
Calhoun family, and both sides of her family were a mixture of African-AmericanNative Americanand European American descent and belonged to the upper stratum of middle-class, well-educated people.
The show was an instant success and was extended to a full year run, garnering Horne a special Tony award, and two Grammy Awards for the cast recording of her show Lena Horne: The Legendary Lena Horne Lena Horne was a trailblazing African-American superstar that was at the pinnacle of her career prior to the advancements of Civil Rights, that had to endure the indignities of racism and segregation,which allowed her to perform and entertain white audiences,but prevented her from socializing with that same white audience,slowing her rise to Broadway superstardom.
Lena would have none of that because she had talent and beauty as well as integrity. She returned to New York and reclaimed her daughter. Instead, they married in Paris in Decemberand even then kept the marriage secret for two and a half years.
Lena campaigned for the role of the mulatto Julie LaVerne. Roger Edens and Arthur Freed wanted Lena because she was simply the classiest performer of the day and not because she was black.
Finished with her Broadway commitment, Horne went back to nightclub work inperforming in Europe that summer and fall and returning to the Sands in Las Vegas. Ina live album entitled, Lena Horne at the Waldorf-Astoriabecame the biggest-selling record by a female artist in the history of the RCA Victor label at that time.
Kay, of course, was associated for a long time with Judy Garland at the studio. However, she nearly withdrew her involvement when the initial script called for her to swim in the nude and spend the majority of the film in a two-piece bathing suit made of rags.
This was allegedly the story of songwriters Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart. She also assisted Eleanor Roosevelt — in her mission for antilynching legislation laws making it illegal to hang a person accused of a crime without a trial.
In the mids Horne made a movie appearance in Meet Me in Las Vegas and recorded for the first time in five years. After the war Horne worked on behalf of Japanese Americans who faced discrimination.
IIIin which she was candid about her unkind treatment by the studio.
Changes of direction[ edit ] By the mids, Horne was disenchanted with Hollywood and increasingly focused on her nightclub career.Online shopping from a great selection at Books Store.
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Aug 29, · One of my favorite movies from the Hollywood heyday of musicals is Show Boat, made instarring Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson. The sultry Ava Gardner also starred as "Julie," the mixed race (mulatto) character. However, before she was cast, the beautiful (African American) Lena Horne was considered.
May 08, · Updated: May 10, Lena Horne was the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio and went on to achieve international fame as a singer.
Find Lena Horne biography and Adding to the challenge of maintaining such a career was her position as an African-American facing discrimination personally and in her profession during a period of enormous social change in the U.S.
patronage. It did not bring in much money, and inwhen Horne was approached by an agent with an. Lena Horne Profile: First African-American Signed to Long-Term MGM Movie Contract 1 By James Colt Harrison on February 20, Music, Music Artists - Album Details, Biographies and .Download