Lena Horne – the ultimate star.
She could act, she could dance, she could protest and, boy, could she sing.
This multi-talented performer had a career, spanning 70 years.
She started – age 16 – in the chorus at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem, New York.
From there she moved on – becoming a nightclub performer.
She appeared on Broadway in a musical, a one-woman show – Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, which ran for more than 300 nights.
In 1963 she was part of 200,00 to 300,000 people in the famous March on Washington calling for an end to racism with Martin Luther King delivering his, I Have A Dream, speech
She continued performing well into the 1990s.
Her voice and songs had a insouciant sound and quality to them, honed for years through her nightclub and stage performances.
Her songs, her performances, developing an instant likeable connection with her audience.
An all-time great, Stormy Weather