Jazz singer Lena Horne dies at 92

May 10, 2010 12:00 am


NEW YORK, May 10- Jazz singer Lena Horne, who was the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio, died late Sunday at the age of 92, The New York Times reported.

The newspaper said the death occurred at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and was announced by her son-in-law, Kevin Buckley.

Horne appeared in scores of war-time musicals, including "Thousands Cheer" (1943), "Broadway Rhythm" (1944), "Two Girls and a Sailor" (1944), "Ziegfeld Follies" (1946), and "Words and Music" (1948), according to the report.

Horne’s first MGM movie was "Panama Hattie" (1942), in which she sang Cole Porter’s "Just One of Those Things."

She also directed two all-black movie musicals, both made in 1943, The Times said.

Horne is survived by her daughter, Gail Lumet Buckley, according to the report. Her husband died in 1971 and her son died of kidney failure the same year.



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