Lena Horne

by ethnic on May 11, 2010

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.

Sources: http://www.lena-horne.com

Genealogies of Lena Horne – http://www.geni.com
http://www.wikitree.com

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andrew June 12, 2016 at 4:47 pm
Justinian October 30, 2015 at 2:00 am

15% black, she could’ve passed as white.

xoxo October 29, 2015 at 6:36 am

I’m sorry but Lena was ugly to me. She had a bird-like appearance.

cwm85 October 29, 2015 at 8:57 am

If she is ugly to you I guess you look like honey boo boo’s mom.

xoxo October 29, 2015 at 9:02 am

LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice try, asshole. I’m not even white (half, but I still consider myself a person of color). Fuck off, troll.

Princess June 14, 2014 at 1:57 am

Light, bright, and damn near White.

Kekit October 17, 2015 at 3:27 am

she was actually encouraged (I believe) to pass for white but she refused

AllPeople January 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm

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AllPeople January 6, 2013 at 1:52 pm
MariGarcia April 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Ms. Lena Horne was black because at least one of her parents were black. You foreigners need to stay off post using the one drop rule(later law) to defend your dark skin because it simply does not apply if you ACTUALLY look black. Though light skinned and beautiful, Ms. Horne would NEVER pass as a white woman by skin color nor hair texture and so this is not a case of the one drop rule. The one drop rule is for people who look COMPLETELY white but have 1/16 black blood aka 1drop of black blood going back 16 generations on either side. It was meant to stop Negros and Negro Lovers from owning land, getting rights and keeping them opressed. Most hispanics (PR,DR, SA,NA, WI, Caribbean) have at least one black grand/greatgrand parent so let’s cut the ISH. The one drop rule never applied if you were tan, toasted, bronzed or exotic but only Completely white but had a black Ancestor back as far as 16 generations on either side. So all you Blatinos stay off post pointing out your 2 or 3 Spainard features and trying to prove you aren’t black. The very fact that you are trying is proof positive. I should know so don’t get mad at me or Zoe Saldana for telling the truth.

Md April 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I’m confused. Clearly ms. Lena Horne is mixed and part of this website is learning about ALL aspects of a persons ethnicity. That means regardless of the fact that Lena Horne is an African American woman racially… Ethnically she clearly has more than west African ancestors. I know because I have west African friends that look NoThIng like her. They are the true definition of black. The one drop rule is a made up classification system used in USA to keep a many people of African descent in the “black” category. It was not a law for people thr looked white- you make no sense. That means you could be blonde, blue eye or whatever, but if you had 1 ancestor that was black then that’s what you were classified as. This was a way to originally keep the slave population well stocked. In Latin America and the Caribbean people mixed just the same like jn America, there was definitely a racial caste system HOWEVER they acknowledged mix people as being mixed and they had specific terms for them. This allowed for people to be recognized as what they truly are. This never happened in America. So one person in brazil would be recognized as a mulatto and can claim true multiracial heritage yet if that same person were in America they would be called black. I think it’s rude to not allow people to claim their heritage and it’s rude to categorize people based on YOUR beliefs even though they ate not you.

Anya April 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I actually just finished reading a Lens Horne biography recently…and I also read a book by her daughter Gail Lumet (may be wrong spelling) about the Horne family. Lena’s grandfather was actually half white half NA. He had no AA at all but chose to identify as AA. A very interesting family.

Anya April 21, 2012 at 7:45 am

Specifically; Lena was 5/16 White, 5/16 Black and 6/16 NA…so roughly a third each of black, white and NA.

Anya April 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I meant to add; Her Dad was 1/2 White, 1/4 NA and 1/4 Black (one of his parents was 1/2 NA 1/2 White and the other 1/2 Black 1/2 White). Her Mom was 1/2 NA and 1/2 Afro-Portuguese. Very special mix.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Put a picture up!

Midnight July 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Hey, Lena was a Creole that chose to only acknowledge her African Heritage because she felt it was important for people to know she was Black and to love her as a Black. She sw the struggles and even went through some when she could have easily passed for Hispanic or White because she loved her Black heritage. (Not that sh didn’t love the rest but she felt that the Black part of her needed a strong fighter.)

Total23 May 14, 2010 at 10:30 am

“Lena Horne’s parents were both very light in color and came from black upper-middle-class families in Brooklyn (Horne and Schickel, 1965; Buckley, 1986). Lena lived with her father’s parents until she was about seven years old. Her grandfather was very light and blue-eyed. Her fair-skinned grandmother was the daughter of a slave woman and her white owner, from the family of John C. Calhoun, well-known defender of slavery. One of her father’s great-grandmothers was a Blackfoot Indian, to whom Lena Horne has attributed her somewhat coppery skin color. One of her mother’s grandmothers was a French-speaking black woman from Senegal and never a slave. Her mother’s father was a “Portuguese Negro,” and two women in his family had passed as white and become entertainers.”

The Seventh Paragraph:
http://condor.depaul.edu/~mwilson/multicult/whois.html

fuzzybear44 June 13, 2016 at 12:00 am

I wonder who the women that pass as white were

ethnic May 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm

RIP Lena

total23 May 11, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Beautiful Woman!

May You Rest In Peace!

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