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Stormy Weather (Lena Horne Obit)
www.steynonline.com ^ | 05/011/2010 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 05/11/2010 9:54:32 AM PDT by jazzo

A song for Lena Horne 1917-2010

Don’t know why There’s no sun up in the sky...

If there's no sun up in the sky, it's because he's mourning the passing of the great Lena Horne, a few weeks shy of her 93rd birthday. Miss Horne was born on June 30th 1917 into a middle-class black family in Brooklyn. Her father left in 1920, and her mother turned to acting, touring in all-black productions of white shows, in one of which - Madame X - her young daughter made her stage debut. For the next six decades, she was rarely off-stage. Even at the end, she was busy working on a biopic in which, somewhat alarmingly, she was to be played by Whitney Houston. She didn't record much in the last couple of years, but a decade and a half back she and Frank Sinatra combined on one of the true gems of his otherwise problematic Duets project - a lovely, warm, mature, heartfelt take on the Gershwins' "Embraceable You", a duet for two old friends grown comfortable in love.

(Excerpt) Read more at steynonline.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: lenahorne; music; steynlenahorne
Mark is simply the best and I have always believed he at his best when talking entertainment/entertainers.

Ms. Horne was certainily someone special.

RIP Lena

1 posted on 05/11/2010 9:54:33 AM PDT by jazzo
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To: jazzo

bttt


2 posted on 05/11/2010 9:55:38 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: jazzo

Loved her in Cabin in the Sky. Said she played the bad girl but she in real life was the good girl.

Great voice. Farewell to you, Lena. I hope your Cabin in the sky is a nice one.


3 posted on 05/11/2010 10:07:40 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: jazzo; BluesDuke; Daffynition

Just a ping to Lena’s obit from Mark Steyn...


4 posted on 05/11/2010 10:09:57 AM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: jazzo
A True American Treasure!

Stormy Weather

5 posted on 05/11/2010 10:10:15 AM PDT by Young Werther ("Quae cum ita sunt" Since these things are so!)
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To: jazzo

....... Fred is quite sad.

_____

RIP Lena.

6 posted on 05/11/2010 10:10:17 AM PDT by ICAB9USA (I cut off part of my middle finger .......... it almost rendered me mute. -- Rahm Emanuel)
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To: jazzo

7 posted on 05/11/2010 10:14:14 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: jazzo
Miss Horne was born on June 30th 1917 into a middle-class black family in Brooklyn.
Black? Middle class? 1917?
But, but, I thought all blacks were oppressed. I thought whitey kept them all down and out.
How could they have gotten to middle class, in 1917 no less, w/o gubmint help?
8 posted on 05/11/2010 10:18:47 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: jazzo

Oh honey, I’m gonna miss you so much. :’(

Something for you.

http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/lena-horne-stormy-weather-1943/fa7843eed1cab9b06b34fa7843eed1cab9b06b34-55972397381


9 posted on 05/11/2010 10:23:05 AM PDT by scoobysnak71 (Never argue with stupid people. They drag you down to their level and win through experience.)
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To: scoobysnak71

Man she was a beautiful woman, thanks for the link.


10 posted on 05/11/2010 10:29:45 AM PDT by jazzo (Resistance is Futile)
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To: Beowulf9

Was reminded of her greatness when watching “The Wiz” recently with my young daughters - Lena played the good witch at the end - A timeless great in the industry!


11 posted on 05/11/2010 10:30:05 AM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: jazzo
Holy Crap...Steyn is quite a writer.

His level of knowledge and understanding of the subjects he writes about create columns that are works of art themselves.

Do yourself a pleasure...follow the link...read the whole thing.

12 posted on 05/11/2010 10:34:05 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: jazzo

“Ethel was the only Waters they needed”

:-D


13 posted on 05/11/2010 10:46:36 AM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

“Steyn is quite a writer.
His level of knowledge and understanding of the subjects he writes about create columns that are works of art themselves.”

He’s a MUSIC CRITIC! - a real one!


14 posted on 05/11/2010 10:48:21 AM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: jazzo

BTTT for a tribute to a Lady gone home ...


15 posted on 05/11/2010 10:55:13 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: jazzo

He can write one of the best textured and multilayered obits ever


16 posted on 05/11/2010 12:15:20 PM PDT by Chickensoup ("A corrupt society has many laws" - Tacitus)
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To: Clemenza

*ping of interest*


17 posted on 05/11/2010 12:55:48 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Chickensoup

He really should publish a book of them. Some of my favorites were about Ernest Lehman(Screenwriter), Artie Shaw, John Profumo (of Scandal fame),and Francis Crick (DNA guy). I am sure there were many more.


18 posted on 05/11/2010 1:25:30 PM PDT by jazzo (Resistance is Futile)
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To: oh8eleven
At about that same time Harlem was one of the nicest neighborhoods in the country.

RIP Miss Horn. A great talent who will be missed.

19 posted on 05/11/2010 1:32:44 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
At about that same time Harlem was one of the nicest neighborhoods in the country.
I'm from NY and my roots are in the lower east side.
Way back in the day, Harlem was one the hardest locations to find a place to live.
And that's if you were black. White people had no chance and were told to go look on the east side.
20 posted on 05/11/2010 1:49:28 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: jazzo

He has a book of obits.

Mark Steyn’s Passing Parade by Mark Steyn (Paperback - Nov. 1, 2006)


21 posted on 05/11/2010 3:25:10 PM PDT by Chickensoup ("A corrupt society has many laws" - Tacitus)
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To: Chickensoup

Where have I been? Never saw that one on his site. I’ll order today.


22 posted on 05/11/2010 5:49:53 PM PDT by jazzo (Resistance is Futile)
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To: jazzo

I enjoyed it


23 posted on 05/11/2010 6:07:51 PM PDT by Chickensoup ("A corrupt society has many laws" - Tacitus)
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