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Lena Horne and Josephine Premice in a scene from the 1958 Broadway musical Jamaica. Ms. Premice (1926-2001), a phenomenal Haitian-American singer, dancer and actress, was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the show. She was also the mother of writer/producer Susan Fales-Hill. Photo: Bettman/Corbis.

Lena Horne and Josephine Premice in a scene from the 1958 Broadway musical Jamaica. Ms. Premice (1926-2001), a phenomenal Haitian-American singer, dancer and actress, was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the show. She was also the mother of writer/producer Susan Fales-Hill. Photo: Bettman/Corbis.

Happy New Year again VBG friends! Lena Horne and Hazel Scott are not celebrating the new year in this photo (I always say they were toasting their mutual fabulousness) but I always like to pull this photo out for New Year’s Day. Thank you so much for an amazing 2013.  I am especially grateful to everyone who has registered for my forthcoming book, Vintage Black Glamour, which will be available for pre-order in the coming weeks. Photo: Metronome/Getty.

Happy New Year again VBG friends! Lena Horne and Hazel Scott are not celebrating the new year in this photo (I always say they were toasting their mutual fabulousness) but I always like to pull this photo out for New Year’s Day. Thank you so much for an amazing 2013.  I am especially grateful to everyone who has registered for my forthcoming book, Vintage Black Glamour, which will be available for pre-order in the coming weeks. Photo: Metronome/Getty.

Happy Thanksgiving! Yes, I am dragging out my annual Lena Horne at the stove shot (she is really demonstrating fuel conservation here, circa 1940s, via Corbis) but let’s just pretend she just put a bird in the oven, shall we? And let’s all hope that her hypothetical bird turned out a lot better than my tragic Lemon Pound Cake today. Good thing I’m also bringing a bottle of wine!

Happy Thanksgiving! Yes, I am dragging out my annual Lena Horne at the stove shot (she is really demonstrating fuel conservation here, circa 1940s, via Corbis) but let’s just pretend she just put a bird in the oven, shall we? And let’s all hope that her hypothetical bird turned out a lot better than my tragic Lemon Pound Cake today. Good thing I’m also bringing a bottle of wine!







Lena Horne in Paris at a fashion show by Pierre Balmain with her husband, the conductor and arranger, Lennie Hayton, on September 1, 1960. The model is Paulette and she was wearing Mr. Balmain’s “Bal de Cour” gown. According to her daughter, the author Gail Buckley, Ms. Horne was a good friend of Ginette Spanier, the director of the House of Balmain and often stayed at her home in Paris when she was in town. Photo: Michel Lipchitz/AP.
Lena Horne in Paris at a fashion show by Pierre Balmain with her husband, the conductor and arranger, Lennie Hayton, on September 1, 1960. The model is Paulette and she was wearing Mr. Balmain’s “Bal de Cour” gown. According to her daughter, the author Gail Buckley, Ms. Horne was a good friend of Ginette Spanier, the director of the House of Balmain and often stayed at her home in Paris when she was in town. Photo: Michel Lipchitz/AP.

Lena Horne, photographed as she sang by Philippe Halsmann in 1954. Ms. Horne was never a big fan of her own singing voice. In 1943, she told Newsweek magazine that she was still “learning to sing,” and she would later tell many interviewers how much she loved Aretha Franklin and wanted to sing like her. She told Ebony in 1968, “Now Aretha - she sings a song called “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman,” and I suppose all the years that I disciplined myself to keep in control and not show my feelings, the way I many times resented an audience or the way I sometimes had been angered by something that had happened, I couldn’t express that feeling. But she is so free and feminine and warm and you know that she has put no barrier in front of her. She isn’t pleading or begging to the audience. She isn’t even denying them. She is pouring out this freedom. If they want it - there it is and just the look of people’s faces when they listen to her shows that she is sending out such warmth, she is sending out everything I think is best in a black woman: pride, warmth, the knowledge that at this young time in her life she is free in herself. She has made no compromises to hide what she was or to change it, or to put it in a stylized frame. She is just herself. She makes me glad I’m a woman. She makes me feel warmer toward people. And it’s very hard in this business to be feminine.” 

Photo: Magnum Photos.

Lena Horne, seen here in a 1940s MGM publicity photo, was born 96 years ago today in Brooklyn, New York. Bonus points if you can name her favorite department store…

Lena Horne, seen here in a 1940s MGM publicity photo, was born 96 years ago today in Brooklyn, New York. Bonus points if you can name her favorite department store…

Screen legend Marlene Dietrich greets Lena Horne in her hotel suite after her show at Hollywood’s Cocoanut Grove. This photo appeared in the December 10, 1953 edition of JET magazine.

Screen legend Marlene Dietrich greets Lena Horne in her hotel suite after her show at Hollywood’s Cocoanut Grove. This photo appeared in the December 10, 1953 edition of JET magazine.