Legendary star Lena Horne's funeral ceremony was held today, with many friends gathering, along with family and of course her loving fans. Horne passed away this Sunday, May 9th at the New York Presbyterian Hospital at the age of 92 from natural causes.
Hundreds of fans gathered outside St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Manhattan in long lines before the casket was brought in, some holding signs saying: “Thank you, Lena Horne.”
The service was attended by actress Diahann Carroll, Congressman John Lewis, actress Vanessa Williams, Dionne Warwick, author Walter Mosley. Broadway star Audra McDonald stood over the casket and sang "Amazing Grace."
PBS will screen a special on Lena Horne tonight, entitled Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice, An “American Masters” Special, a story told by Lena Horne about her journey to stardom, this evening.
Horne was a human rights activist as much as she was a performer. Breaking all racial prejudices for African American actresses and singers, Lena Horne was the first African-American to establish a long-term contract with a large studio. She stayed in the entertainment industry for over 60 years.