From the New York Times:
Lena Horne, who was the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio and who went on to achieve international fame as a singer, died on Sunday night at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. She was 92 and lived in Manhattan.
Lena Horne was my second favorite Lena. (Nobody's going to supplant my Grammy O'Brien! Third favorite? The boat "Leakin' Lena" from 'Beany & Cecil'.)
Having looked over her League of Themselves credits in Toobworld, I think it safe to say that she will be remembered next year with an induction into the TV Crossover Hall of Fame.
"A Different World"
- A Rock, a River, a Lena (1993)
"The Cosby Show"*
- Cliff's Birthday (1985)
"The Muppet Show"
- Episode #1.11 (1976)
(Also appeared as Lola Bramswell in the show.)
- Episode #5.1 (1973)
"Sanford and Son"
- A Visit from Lena Horne (1973)
And here's a sweet rendition from her appearance on 'The Muppet Show'...
Good night and may God bless, Ms. Horne.
* The picture of Ms. Horne with Bill Cosby is not from his sitcom. It could be from 'Flip' or 'The Hollywood Palace'.....