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Lena Horne becomes the first Black woman to have a Broadway theater named in her honor

Entertainment legend Lena Horne makes history as the first Black woman to have a Broadway Theater named in her honor. The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on West 47th Street in Manhattan’s Theater District was officially renamed the Lena Horne Theater on Tuesday, over a decade after the actress' death in 2010 at age 92.

Horne, whose captivating career spanned over seventy years in Hollywood, began performing at the age of 16 at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem, New York. A year, she debuted on Broadway in a 1934 production of “Dance With Your Gods” and appeared onscreen for the first time in the 1938 film “The Duke Is Tops.” Horne's career was studded with several accolades in her lifetime, including two Grammys and a Lifetime Achievement Award.


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