Lena Horne

American singer, actress, dancer and activist (1917–2010)

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) was an American singer, actress, civil rights activist and dancer.

Horne in Till the Clouds Roll By, 1946


  • It's so nice to get flowers while you can still smell the fragrance.
  • Don't be afraid to feel as angry or as loving as you can, because when you feel nothing, it's just death.
    • Quoted in: The New Bajan (1990) p. 22
  • I am not alone. I am free. I no longer have to be a credit, I don't have to be a symbol to anybody, I don't have to be a first to anybody. I don't have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I'd become. I'm me, and I'm like nobody else.
    • Lena Horne (c. 1997) in Susan Ratcliffe (2012) Little Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, p. 208
  • "Always be smarter than the people who hire you.“
  • I made a promise to myself to be kinder to other people.

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