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Horne was raised by her paternal grandparents until her mother took her back four years later. When she was 16, her mother pulled her out of school to audition for the dance chorus at the Cotton Club, the famous Harlem nightclub where the customers were white, the barely dressed dancers were light-skinned blacks and the proprietors were gangsters.

At 19, Ms. Horne married the first man she had ever dated, year-old Louis Jones, and became a conventional middle-class Pittsburgh wife. Her daughter Gail was born in and a son, Teddy, in The marriage ended soon afterward. Horne kept Gail, but Mr. Jones refused to give up Teddy, although he did allow the boy long visits with his mother. In , Ms.

Her return to movies was on a grander scale. Horne said. The war had scaled down Mr. Horne sing. Then Freed insisted that Louis B. Mayer, who ran the studio, hear her, too. He did, and soon she had signed a seven-year contract with MGM. She was not the first black performer under contract to a major studio — MGM had signed the actress Nina Mae McKinney for five years in — but she was the first to make an impact.

The N. Her father weighed in, too. Horne is survived by her daughter; Gail Lumet Buckley; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Her son died of kidney failure in ; her husband died the following year. Looking back at the age of 80, Ms. I am a black woman. An obituary in some editions on Monday about the singer and actress Lena Horne included a number of errors.

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Nina Mae McKinney, not Ms. Horne, was the first black performer signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio. Horne joined the same studio. And besides her daughter, Gail Lumet Buckley, Ms. Horne is survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. At the time Ms. Horne was hired by the Cotton Club in Harlem, in , Duke Ellington was no longer performing there. Horne had wanted to be cast — was the third film version, not the second.

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That error was repeated in an updated version of the obituary that ran in some editions on Tuesday. Tell us what you think. Please upgrade your browser. See next articles.


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