Lena Horne first black actress to have Broadway theatre named in her honour

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Actress Lena Horne has become the first black woman to have a Broadway theatre named in her honour. The theatre, on West 47th Street, was built in 1926 and is currently hosting the hit British musical Six. It comes a couple of weeks after another Broadway theatre was named after Star wars actor James Earl Jones. Horne, who died in 2010, battled racial segregation to win a major Hollywood film contract and later found international fame as a singer. She later became the first black woman to be nominated for a Tony Award, Broadway theatre’s highest honour, for her starring role in the 1957 calypso musical Jamaica. In 1981, she received a special Tony Award for Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, a one-woman Broadway show in which she sang and discussed the ups and downs of her life.(BBC)…[+]