Jazz singer Lena Horne dies at 92: report

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Jazz singer Lena Horne, the first black performer to be signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio, died late Sunday at the age of 92, The New York Times reported.

Her death at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center was announced by her son-in-law, Kevin Buckley.

Horne appeared in scores of musicals in the 1940s, including "Thousands Cheer," "Broadway Rhythm," "Two Girls and a Sailor," "Ziegfeld Follies" and "Words and Music".

Horne's first MGM movie was "Panama Hattie" in 1942, in which she sang Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things." She also directed two all-black movie musicals, both made in 1943, The Times said.

Horne is survived by her daughter, Gail Lumet Buckley, the Times said. Her husband died in 1971 and her son died of kidney failure the same year.

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