Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne

By James Gavin

At lengthy final, the 1st severe biography of leisure legend Lena Horne -- the distinguished superstar of movie, level, and song who grew to become one of many first African-American icons.

on the 74th annual Academy Awards in 2002, Halle Berry thanked Lena Horne for paving the way in which for her to develop into the 1st black recipient of a most sensible Actress Oscar. even though constrained, ordinarily to visitor making a song appearances in splashy Hollywood musicals, "the attractive Lena Horne," as she was once referred to as, turned a pioneering famous person for African americans within the Nineteen Forties and fifties. Now James Gavin, writer of Deep in a Dream: The lengthy evening of Chet Baker, attracts on a wealth of unmined fabric and hundreds and hundreds of interviews -- one in all them with Horne herself -- to offer us the defining portrait of an American icon.

Gavin has gotten nearer than the other author to the fame who has lived in reclusion because 1998. Incorporating insights from the likes of Ruby Dee, Tony Bennett, Diahann Carroll, Arthur Laurents, and a number of other of Horne's fellow chorines from Harlem's Cotton membership, Stormy Weather bargains a desirable portrait of a posh, even tragic Horne -- a gorgeous expertise who encouraged such giants of showbiz as Barbra Streisand, Eartha Kitt, and Aretha Franklin, yet whose frustrations with racism, and with tumultuous, root-less formative years, left wounds too deep to heal. the lady who emerged was once as offended as she used to be luminous.

From the Cotton Club's glory days and the again plenty of Hollywood's greatest studios to the glitzy yet bigoted inns of Las Vegas's heyday, this behind-the-scenes examine an American icon is as a lot a narrative of the bounds of the yank dream because it is a masterful, ground-breaking biography.

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Mayer and a few of her sillier colleagues. yet whereas she did so commonly for laughs, Horne’s anti–M-G-M tales had vengeance at their center; they amounted to an indictment of the studio as a racist establishment. And Horne, who remembered Garland’s panic-causing lateness and no-shows throughout the filming of phrases and tune, may proclaim her “the top of unprofessionalism” in the course of practice session week for his or her July 23 taping. the 2 stars had tough numbers to learn—a lengthy medley during which they sang every one other’s trademark songs, and, with British comedian actor Terry-Thomas, Noël Coward’s tongue-twisting spoof of England’s climate, “Mad canines and Englishmen.

M-G-M featured her in 5 motion pictures, as a radiant diversion to liven up frequently boring lawsuits. Early that yr Horne confirmed up in Swing Fever, a B comedy a couple of nerdy composer with psychic powers. The movie was once an excuse to show off a number of best bandleaders: Kay Kyser, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey. In a musical that flimsy, a person should be inserted, and Swing Fever incorporated a few “strays” with whom M-G-M didn’t comprehend really what to do. Ava Gardner, a freelance participant for the reason that 1941, took the uncredited function of a receptionist.

Ok. ) 625972 Lena Horne on the Waldorf-Astoria (1956) LP: RCA Victor LSO-1028 CD: Collectables COL-CD-2841 Stormy climate (1956–1957) LP: RCA Victor LPM-1375 CD: Bluebird 09026-63911-2 Lena Horne on the Cocoanut Grove (1957) Vinyl EP: RCA Victor EPA-4098 Jamaica (four tracks recorded in 1957, ahead of Broadway beginning) Vinyl EP: RCA Victor EPA-4038 Jamaica (Original Broadway solid, 1957) LP: RCA LSO-1036 CD: Collectables COL-CD-2845 provide the girl What She wishes (1958) LP: RCA LSP-1879 CD: BMG (Japan) BVCJ-1011 Songs by means of Burke and Van Heusen (1959) LP: RCA Victor LSP-1895 CD: BMG (U.

Seconds later, she felt Hayton grabbing her from in the back of. “For God’s sake, what occurred? ” he requested. “He referred to as me a nigger! ” Horne wasn’t performed struggling with. She clutched one other ashtray and was once all able to fling it. yet through then the police had come, they usually rushed to St. Vincent. “Why’d she hit me? ” he blubbered. “I didn’t do whatever! ” Hayton was once dumbfounded. “Did you hit him? ” he requested. “Yes, I did! ” she snapped, as if it have been the dumbest query ever. Hayton headed for the man’s desk, yet a policeman stopped him and acknowledged, “We’re caring for it.

That used to be about”: Cleo Hayes to JG, Apr 20, 2005. “A couple”: Ibid. “an ability”: See Glenn Plaskin, “The Ageless attraction of Lena. ” “I hated”: LH to Gene Delassi, Pacifica Radio, KPFA, San Francisco, Apr 12, 1966. “pigsty”: Ibid. “Harlem Negroes”: Langston Hughes, The amassed Works of Langston Hughes, p. 176. “The money”: Cab Calloway, Of Minnie the Moocher and Me, p. ninety. “didn’t are looking to be onstage”: LH to Jim Hartz, Over effortless, PBS, Apr 25, 1982. “Someday I’m”: Delilah Jackson to JG, Dec 21, 2005. “But it was”: Alan Ebert, Intimacies, p.

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