Lena Horne was a singer, actress, civil rights activist and dancer. Horne began
her career at the age of sixteen when she joined the chorus of the Cotton Club
nightclub before moving to Hollywood, where she obtained small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts in the films Cabin in the Sky and Story Weather,
both 1943 musicals. Lena Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood during the “Red Scare” day’s because of her political views. She then
returned to her roots as a performer in nightclubs and on television, while
releasing well-received record albums.