Monday, May 10, 2010
The elegant, outspoken, singer, dancer, actress and activist passed away yesterday at the age of 92. The multiple Grammy winner, born to a middle class family in Brooklyn, first got her start as a teen in the chorus line at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem in the 1930s, toured with bands and then in the early 40s moved to Hollywood and some fame in the films "Cabin in the Sky" and "Stormy Weather" - that's where I first heard of her - watching it on television one night and was bewitched by this captivating creature.
Lena produced many recordings in addition to her film and TV work and was a longtime friend of the great Billy Strayhorn.
I hear a film bio may be in the works - produced by Oprah and starring Alicia Keys?