In addition to her vocal talents, Horne battled racism being among a handful of black actors to have a contract with a major Hollywood studio when she signed with MGM in the 1940s.

Horne, noted for her seductive voice, captivated audiences with hits like “My Blue Heaven” and her signature song “Stormy Weather”.

Lena Horne was born in Brooklyn and started her career in show business performing at Harlem’s Cotton Club at the age of 16. 

Horne died on Sunday at the age of 92.

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