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* lena horne * is gone...

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by leashedForLife, May 10, 2010.

  1. leashedForLife

    Nov 1, 2009
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    YouTube - Lena Horne - Stormy Weather (1943)
    *lena had a lifetime of near-misses, outright discrimination, rudeness as a daily diet,
    and EVENTUAL - eventual - sweet triumph and recognition.

    she did not look dark enuf on camera to please studio-execs, so the suits consulted Max-Factor...
    the makeup wizard agreed to tackle the problem, came back with a dark-makeup newly minted night egyptian... :rolleyes:
    they slathered it all over Ava Gardener, and GAVE * HER the role. :eek6: problem solved...
    Showboat, and the role *lena had desperately wanted, steamed-off + left her on the shore.
    luckily, *ava* was a friend of *lena*, and was forgiven; it was not, after all, HER decision.

    this was before *RONNIE* [prez reagan] lifted the BAN on advertising + selling goods related to kids-TV
    YouTube - Sesame Street: Lena Horne and Muppets Sing The Alphabet
    *lena was all too aware of the struggle of black-kids for literacy + schooling.

    1981 -
    YouTube - Lena Horne - Stormy Weather/If You Believe

    this woman was a voice thru my entire life - i will never forget her class, her incredible delivery, and her gritty stubbornness;
    she wanted a career, and despite Jim-Crow, entering thru tradesmen-doors, non-stop hurdles... by God, she got one.
    farewell, lena - and thank heaven for recordings. i miss U already, lady.
  2. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

    Jul 19, 2008
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  3. Nicky10

    Nicky10 PetForums VIP

    Jan 11, 2010
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    She was an amazing woman it's an awful loss
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