In 1944, Lena Horne was the first African-American to land on the cover of a movie magazine. Her undeniable charm and good looks won her a ton of attention.
One-shoulder dresses were a signature of Lena Horne’s on-stage ensembles for many years.
“They didn’t make me into a maid, but they didn’t make me into anything else either,” she wrote in “Lena,” her 1965 autobiography. “I became a butterfly pinned to a column singing away in Movieland.” In the 1940’s, Lena Horne shun roles that called for her to play maids, opting instead for non-speaking cameos that focused on her beautiful voice.
“Anybody who was not madly in love with Lena Horne should report to his undertaker immediately and turn himself in,” actor and friend Ossie Davis once said.
Decked in couture, Lena Horne shows off her show-stopping gown.
Lena Horne is a knockout in a form-fitting mermaid cut dress.
Lena Horne exudes class in a pinstriped jacket and black skirt.
Lena Horne was timeless beauty. She remained a style maven throughout her life.
Lena Horne in the 1943 all-black musical, ‘Cabin in The Sky.’
Lena Horne is picture perfect in a spaghetti strap gown.