also interesting is sinatra, often in a jealous paranoid rage, accusing ava of being a lesbian (she was not) more than once. The biggest rumor about ava and another woman concerned her and lana turner. lena horne, the grammy-winning singer, actress, and dancer, died last night in new york. Renowned as the first black actress to score a major hollywood contract, horne was also the. lena horne, hollywoods first black beauty, sex symbol, singing star, as vogue aptly described her, is dead at 92. For a serious look back on the life of a legend, check out obituaries from the. Later she was married to lennie hayton from 1947 to his death in 1971, though separated after the early 1960s. Lena calhoun horne was born june 30, 1917, in brooklyn, new york. In her biography she stated that, on the day she was born, her father was in the midst of a card game trying to get money to pay the hospital costs. Lena mary calhoun horne (june 30, 1917 may 9, 2010) was an american singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Hornes career spanned over 70 years, appearing in film, television, and theater. Horne joined the chorus of the cotton club at the age of 16 and became a nightclub performer before moving to hollywood. Discover music on discogs, the largest online music database.