#227 Lena Horne / Susan Hayward – 30 June 1917

Lena Horne

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) was an American singer, actress, civil rights activist and dancer. Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of sixteen and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood, where she had small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts in the films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather. Due to the Red Scare and her left-leaning political views, Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood. Returning to her roots as a nightclub performer, Horne took part in the March on Washington in August 1963, and continued to work as a performer, both in nightclubs and on television, while releasing well-received record albums. She announced her retirement in March 1980, but the next year starred in a one-woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, which ran for more than three hundred performances on Broadway and earned her numerous awards and accolades.

Susan Hayward

Susan Hayward (June 30, 1917 – March 14, 1975) was an American actress. After working as a fashion model in New York, Hayward travelled to Hollywood in 1937 when open auditions were held for the leading role in Gone With the Wind (1939). Although she was not selected, she secured a film contract, and played several small supporting roles over the next few years. She received the first of five Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for her performance as an alcoholic in Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman (1947). Her career continued successfully through the 1950s and she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of death row inmate Barbara Graham in I Want to Live!

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lena_Horne
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Hayward

Also born on this day :
John Harris was a Scottish footballer nicknamed “Gentleman John”.
Patrick Meenan was the president of the Irish Medical Council
Harry Eastham was an English professional footballer.
William Murray-Wood was an English cricketer.
Julian Creus was a weightlifter from Great Britain .
Abdul Wahid Durrani was a former Pakistani international footballer.
Bill Cassidy was an English footballer who played as a wing half.
Judson Crews was an American poet , bookseller and small press publisher.

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