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Actress and Singer Lena Horne Passes Away

Actress and internationally renowned singer Lena Horne, the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio, died Sunday night at the age of 92. Though she started her career with a string of shows and movies, she concentrated on music in the later part of life, recording into the nineties and winning several Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award in 1989. Her 1981 one-woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, earned her superb reviews and a Tony. Horne lived in Manhattan, and her death was announced by son-in-law Kevin Buckley. [NYT]

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