“She was a dynamic force,” Vanessa Williams tells ESSENCE.com. “She was a unique true beauty but she was a fighter for injustices and what can be better than that.”
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Never Be Another
“She was our leader, says Diahann Carroll. “I don’t remember anyone really before Lena Horne who took the steps the chances I think it was because she was extraordinary beautiful, I mean extraordinary beautiful and also gifted because she was able to kick down so many doors. She had a way about her that had to be dealt with and we are very fortunate to have her. I don’t think there will ever be another.”
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Pallbearers carry the casket of late singer/actress Lena Horne into the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City.
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In Memory Of
A funeral attendee holds a program which features a childhood photo of Lena Horne.
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Goodbye, My Friend
“When Lena said she would be there, she was there for so many of us. When Black people decided to make a stand, Lena Horne was there. Her life was no crystal stair, but she persevered,” said former New York City mayor David Dinkins (right), pictured with New York governor David Patterson.
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On Parting Ground
Opera singer Jessye Norman also attended the funeral service for her friend Lena Horne.
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Rest in Peace
A program from Horne’s funeral service.
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A Touching Legacy
Horne’s granddaughter Jenny Lumet is comforted by opera diva, Jessye Norman. “I think she is not over, she is quite infinite,” said Lumet. “When I was a little girl I loved her beauty. What makes her beauty different is the conflict that it brought to her.”
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In the Stars
Director Sidney Lumet, who was once married to Horne’s daughter Gail, waits to enter the funeral service of his late mother-in-law.
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“We should remember her as one of the greatest females that ever walked this earth,” said singer Dionne Warwick of Horne. “She was a wonderful woman, she cared, she gave, she loved. She taught me to always be who I am, always!”
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A Friend Indeed
Author Walter Mosley waits to enter the funeral service.
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