Archive for May 14th, 2010

Rosa Rio Obituary

Friday, May 14th, 2010


Rosa Rio, beloved Tampa Theatre organist, dies at 107




By Walter Belcher
The Tampa Tribune
May 14, 2010


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Lena Horne’s funeral

Friday, May 14th, 2010


Lena Horne funeral in New York City



Pallbearers carry the casket of entertainer and civil rights activist Lena Horne, into Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York, Friday, May 14, 2010.



Audra McDonald, Chita Rivera and Dionne Warwick were among the hundreds of mourners bidding a final farewell to legendary actress and singer Lena Horne Friday in her home state of New York.


Also attending the service at St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan was her granddaughter, actress Jenny Lumet, writer of the 2008 film “Rachel Getting Married.”


Horne “was so many ideas existing all at the same time in the same space and they were all conflicting and they were all true,” Lumet said. “I’ve tried to sum her up and I can’t sum her up; summing up really means it’s over and I think that she’s not over and that she’s quite infinite.”



 The daughter of Lena Horne, Gail Lumet-Buckley, second right, and grand-daughter Jenny Lumet third right, are surrounded by friends and family



Broadway veteran and “Private Practice” star Audra McDonald stood over the casket and sang “Amazing Grace,” according to the Associated Press. Others attending the funeral included opera star Jessye Norman, Vanessa Williams and Diahann Carroll.


Horne was remembered 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. (EURweb)