Sunday, July 18, 2010

Lena Horne and Lennie Hayton

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne, a singer, actress, dancer, and civil rights activist, married Lennie Hayton, a musical conductor and arranger, in December 1947. Later, the two separated, but did not divorce.

Lena's Wiki
Lena's IMDb
Lennie's Wiki
Lennie's IMDb

Link to Ebony, May 1980 at Google Books (note the article starts on page 38, but the link is to page 158)
Lena responding to a question about the possibility of marrying another white man.
LENA: You must know that in the beginning I didn't marry Lennie because I was in love with him.[...]
EBONY: In other words, to put it quite bluntly, you used him to further your career.
LENA: That's right. And I learned to love him very much.


Anonymous said...

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PurpleNepenthe said...

Sweet! Next post...

e jerry said...

Now that I think of it, I'd suggest Lena's Stormy Weather co-star Katherine Dunham, activist, choreographer, dancer and anthropologist, and her Canadian husband John Pratt, who was her company's designer.

PurpleNepenthe said...

And another! Thank you!