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Thousands mourn jazz singer Lena Horne

A crowd lines up to attend the funeral

A crowd lines up to attend the funeral for entertainer and civil rights activist Lena Horne at Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan. (May 14, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Thousands of mourners are bidding a final farewell to jazz singer and actress Lena Horne in Manhattan.

Horne was remembered at her funeral Friday as a shy girl from Brooklyn who broke through decades of racism to emerge as a world-class entertainer and social leader. She died Sunday at age 92.

Mourners at St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan included her granddaughter, actress Jenny Lumet, former Mayor David Dinkins and singer Chita Rivera.

Broadway star Audra McDonald stood over the coffin and sang “Amazing Grace.”

Horne’s seductive voice dazzled the world for decades with tunes like “My Blue Heaven” and “Stormy Weather.” She was among a handful of black actors and actresses to have a contract with a major Hollywood studio.


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