Birth Name: Lena Mary Calhoun Horne
Date of Birth: June 30, 1917
Place of Birth: Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York
Date of Death: May 9, 2010
Place of Death: Manhattan, New York City, New York
Ethnicity: African-American, some English
Lena Horne was an American singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. She is the mother of journalist Gail Lumet Buckley and the grandmother of actress and screenwriter Jenny Lumet.
Lena’s parents were both black. She also had English ancestry. She is sometimes stated to have had Native American roots. It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been documented/verified.
Lena’s paternal grandparents were Edwin Fletcher Horne, Sr. and Cora Calhoun (the daughter of Moses Calhoun and Atlanta Mary Fernanda).
Lena’s maternal grandparents were Cyrus L. Scottron (the son of Samuel Raymond Scottron and Anna Maria Willet) and Louise Ashton Logan (the daughter of Joshua Logan and Amelia Louise Ashton). Samuel was a noted inventor.
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