LENA HORNE was born on this day in 1917. That makes her 91 years old today. Phew, that's a lot of candles! Although she no longer works on the stage and screen, you can still see her in many crossword puzzles.
Puzzlers often complain about clues referring to people who were famous in years gone by. While that is true of LENA HORNE, who first became famous in the 1942 movie Stormy Weather, she continued working well into the 1990's.
Here are some facts about LENA HORNE that may help you with a future puzzle -
- She was a Jazz singer most famous for her rendition of the song Stormy Weather from the movie of the same name.
- She played Glinda the Good Witch, in the movie The Wiz starring Michael Jackson in 1978.
- She won a Tony award and 4 Grammys including a Life Time Achievement award.
- She made many appearances on TV shows in the 80's and 90's including Sanford and Son, The Muppet Show, The Cosby Show, A Different Word, etc.
Both her first name and last name have been used as answers to clues. Here are some examples.
21 down Jazz Vocalist Horne
(Dell Easy Crossword Collection, June 15, 2008, puzzle #40)
49 down Lena of "The Wiz"
(Universal Crossword, Proper Setting, By Dennis Halmet, edited by Timothy Parker)
26 down Horne who sang "Stormy Weather"
(New York Times, July 4, 2007, by Patrick Blindauer, edited by Will Shortz)