1. michael says

    She was a true original. A gift.

    When I was just a little kid I knew I was different from my friends, but it was the memory of Ms. Horne singing this song that gave me just that nudge of confidence. It’s always been one of my favorites.

  2. says

    Somehow, when I was a kid, I came across a 45 of her singing the Beatles “Rocky Racoon” and fell in love with her.

    Later, I read about how she refused to sing for Nazi POWs while Colored troops had to sit in the back of those murderers. It was one of the first times that I felt proud of someone standing up to stupidity.

    A great and strong lady with loads of class who will always be remembered.

  3. Dback says

    There’ve only been two celebrity deaths in the past 10 years that have affected me this deeply: Katharine Hepburn and Heath Ledger. Horne was in a class by herself. She was arguably one of the most beautiful women in the world, and her jazz chops were impeccable. (Pick up “The Lady and Her Music” ASAP.) Her appearances in movies (underused) and on TV (much better use of her talents) were unforgettable. Her fierce activism on behalf of civil rights was unquenchable. She also gave interviews where she spoke eloquently about her love for her gay friend composer Billy Strayhorn. I never sent her flowers (damn!), but I’m so glad that she lived long enough to see Obama become president. Truly, one of the last great ladies has taken her final bow.

  4. says

    A great and beautiful “LADY”. When I saw her for the first time, I asked my mother if she was a ‘princess’.

    May she rest in peace and may her loved ones find comfort in their grief.

  5. Chris says

    @ Michael. Thanks for sharing that youtube video. I am close to tears at the thought of that brilliant, talented woman singing about COLOR to a green frog. Somehow, of course, she understood completely….. Kudos to the Muppet folks, as well, for ‘getting it’.

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