Lena Horne Personal Life

lena-horne-personal-lifeLena Mary Calhoun Horne was an American singer, actress and dancer. She was born on June 30, 1917.

Lena Horne Personal Life: Lena Horne married Louis Jordan Jones in January 1937 and lived in Pittsburgh. In December 1937 they had a daughter, Gail, and in February 1940, a son, Edwin. Horne and Jones separated in 1940 and were divorced in 1944.

Lena Horne’s second marriage was to Lennie Hayton, a Jewish American and one of the premier musical conductors and arrangers at MGM, in December 1947. They separated in the early 1960s but were legally married at the time of his death in 1971. In her as-told-to autobiography Lena by Richard Schickel, Horne recounts the enormous pressures she and her husband faced as an interracial married couple. She later admitted in a 1980 Ebony interview she had married Hayton to advance her career and cross the “color-line” in show business.

Lena Horne was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Screenwriter Jenny Lumet, known for her award-winning screenplay Rachel Getting Married, is Horne’s granddaughter, the daughter of filmmaker Sidney Lumet and Horne’s daughter Gail.

Lena Horne died on May 9, 2010, at the age of 92, at NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.