Birth Name: Lena Mary Calhoun Horne
Date of Birth: June 30, 1917
Place of Birth: Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
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 was the daughter of Edna Louise (Scottron) and Edwin Fletcher Horne. Her 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 Catherine Calhoun (the daughter of Moses Calhoun and Atlanta Mary Fernanda/Fernando). Moses was the son of Nellie Reynolds. Atlanta was born in Georgia, the daughter of Arkansas Fernanda and Charlotte.
Lena’s maternal grandfather was Cyrus L. Scottron (the son of Samuel Raymond Scottron/Scrotton and Anna Maria Willet). Samuel was a noted inventor, and was the son of Samuel J. Scottron and Jane M.
Lena’s maternal grandmother was Louise Ashton Logan (the daughter of Joshua Logan and Amelia Louise Ashton).
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