Lena HorneLegendary singer/actress Lena Horne, who appeared in such films as 'Stormy Weather' and 'Cabin in the Sky,' died Sunday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She was 92.

According to the NY Times, Horne was the first African American performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywodd studio. Due to racial barriers at the time, however, most of Horne's screen performances were relegated to stand-alone performances, such as 1946's 'Ziegfeld Follies,' in which she sang 'Love.'

By the mid-'50s, Horne left Hollywood, and went on to find success on Broadway and as a jazz singer, including a Tony-winning performance in the 1981 one-woman show 'Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music.' She later returned to the big screen in films like 'The Wiz,' in which she played Glinda the Good.

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