Lena Horne, 1917-2010
(NYDailyNews.com) — Lena Horne epitomized hot and she epitomized cool. As an actress, she might be the most elegant vision that much of America never saw. For many years Hollywood didn’t think the country was ready for a black leading lady, even one whose elegance and beauty could take an audience’s breath away. As a singer, she was in her mid-60s before her one-woman tour de force on Broadway in 1981-82 showed everyone in the city and the world just what she could do with a song.