Classical Lena Horne

Lena Horne
Lena Horne via last.fm

While I heard of  the amazing Lena Horne‘s passing the usual way folks do these days — via Twitter — it was interesting that she turned up in something fetched by my spiders:

“There was Helen of Troy and then Lena Horne,” choreographer Agnes de Mille said of Horne at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony in 1984. “It’s her magic. I have seen people lean out of their seats to watch her.”

via Lena Horne, Jazz Singer Who Broke Color Barriers, Dies at 92 – Bloomberg.com.

Further investigation found that this wasn’t the first time Ms. Horne was compared to the face that launched a thousand ships; back in 1980, Jet Magazine made the same comparison, but sadly ascribed to Homer something more Marlowesque … still, Lena was definitely in the Helen category …

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