Entertainer Lena Horne Dies At Age 92

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Singer Lena Horne, who broke racial barriers as a Hollywood and Broadway star famed for her velvety rendition of "Stormy Weather," died Sunday at age 92. In the '50s and '60s, she was a prominent voice speaking out for civil rights.

(Soundbite of song, "Stormy Weather")

Ms. LENA HORNE (Entertainer): (Singing) Dont know why there's no sun up in the sky. Stormy weather...


That silky voice of Lena Horne enchanted audiences for decades. She was a pioneer in black actors in the days when Hollywood offered few black roles for the kind of glamour she embodied. After she left Hollywood, in the '50s and '60s, she was a prominent voice speaking out for civil rights. And she could be heard on records and the Broadway stage. Her one-woman show won a Tony in 1981.

Lena Horne died yesterday at the age of 92.

(Soundbite of song, "Someone to Watch Over Me")

Ms. HORNE: (Singing) I hope that he...

MONTAGNE: This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Im Renee Montagne.


And Im Lynn Neary.

Ms. HORNE: (Singing) Someone who'll watch over me...

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