As many of you know, iconic singer and actress Lena Horne died Sunday, May 9, 2010 at the age of 92. I first became familiar with Horne through her appearance on the Sanford and Son episode "A Visit from Lena Horne" as herself (Season 2, Episode 12). I admired her, but I'd being lying if I said that I was a big fan because I was not.
Most of Horne's film appearances were stand-alone sequences, in which she usually sang, that could be edited out without disrupting the films' story. That was done to appease theatre owners and chains in the South that could not show black performers during the 1930s and 40s.
Associate Press writer Verena Dobnik offers this obituary via Yahoo.
At BET.com, April Woodard has an appreciation of Horne.