Jazz History: Lena Horne at the Waldorf

Lena Horne was beautiful—the essence of a star. But because of race she never got the dramatic Hollywood roles she deserved. In the mid-1950s, the sultry and professionally frustrated actress left Hollywood to focus on singing—a brilliant move. Her career’s “golden phase” was born on New Year’s Eve 1956 with a show at the Empire Room at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel—a little piece of jazz history.  •

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