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Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne Hardcover – June 23, 2009
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"I was transfixed by James Gavin's empathic but clear-eyed biography....The journey of this glorious, complicated, courageous star is an epic American story -- and this serious, luminous book, despite the pain it describes, is an irresistible read." -- Sheila Weller, author of the New York Times bestselling Girls Like Us and Dancing at Ciro's
"... James Gavin offers a fascinating study of a complicated woman and the complicated times that shaped her...he delivers a portrait of a very human artist who is as compelling for her foibles as her accomplishments...By crafting a dense, moving tribute that never dissolves into hagiography, Gavin has proven her point." -- USA Today
"There is good reason for James Gavin's Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne to take up -- when you count the notes, bibliography, discography, filmography and index -- nearly 600 pages. This Lena ... has had a life so rich in ups and downs as to make page after page eventful and suspenseful. This all the more so since the book is also two books in one: a thorough and fluent biography and a history of the slow social rise of black people despite crippling discrimination and stinging humiliationsa history in which Horne's story is embedded, notwithstanding some personal jumps ahead." -- The New York Times Book Review
"Gavin illuminates both the outside and inside of his legendary subject, capturing the awe he felt when first meeting Horne without being blinded by it." -- New York Newsday
"For most of her life, Lena Horne has been a very angry woman. She may have given as good as she got for many of her 92 years, but as related in James Gavin's definitive new biography, she had reason enough....The power of Gavin's biography is that he has clearly labored to separate fact from fiction...Beyond that, she was a complicated woman whose personal struggles with identity were inextricably intertwined with those of African Americans throughout the 20th century. In Gavin's capable hands, Lena Horne's story is both uniquely her own and an integral part of a larger cultural journey." -- San Francisco Chronicle,
"I read this 500-page book in one night. Yes, it's that gripping, marvelously written, so full of insight into Lena, and -- a rarity among even the best celebrity biographers -- the author knows his subject's work... It is impossible to convey its power. It is the syory of one woman and her particular issues of family and career, and it is the story of an era, a movement, a statement about equality. That woman and those issues make this the most compelling read of the year. Hands down." -- wowowow.com
"Gavin, who proved himself a consummate researcher with his previous bio of Chet Baker and the New York cabaret scene encyclopedia Intimate Nights, has really outdone himself with Stormy Weather...Gavin unearths incredible archival material (a skin-lightening cream endorsed by Horne) as well as extensive quotes from friends, fans, family and foes that shed a harsh spotlight on the icy diva. Still, he's careful to contextualize even her worst qualities." -- Time Out New York
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Her WWII-era MGM years prove to be a painful case study in racial discrimination at a time when African- American women were portrayed either as "yes'em" maids or mammy-type servants. Horne was the sole exception until Dorothy Dandridge in the 1950's, a beautiful token figure usually posed against a column wedged into big MGM musicals like Panama Hattie and Ziegfeld Follies. She would sing a song independent of the movie's narrative in order to allow studio honchos to edit her out of the film for theaters in the Deep South.Read more ›
James Gavin has done a great job with this book and I wish him and Ms. Horne all the best.
Get the book !!!!!!
"Stormy Weather" portrays Lena as a woman with the strength to endure a difficult life and the frailties that made her life difficult and untimately unrewarding. This is a book worth reading.
When I wanted something to read on Lena Horne, I discovered this book, and when I got it Ms.Horne's was still alive, when I finished it she was dead about three days.
I cried through the ending because of the recent passing of Ms. Horne and felt that she was still talking to me after she passed. this book was well written not because of its opinions but because of its factual content and ocassional inserts of Ms. Horne's spoken dialogue. It bring us further into what life was like for black people even if they seemed to be passing like Lena was, but .....inspite of the Cotton Club where life was like being enslaved, Lena called servitude, her days in Hollywood stifled her talent as as actress (inspite of two good acting roles "Stormy Weather & Cabin In the sky") her subsequent roles as a decorum pillar in movie musicals was a far cry from the cotton club days where MGM attempted to glamourize her. But this did not sit well with Lena as she was never given a decent acting role, where she would interact with white people. If you want to count the role in 1969 with Richard Widmark "Death of a Gunfighter it was her last until the wiz. This book reveals a lot, for instance the conflicts with Ethel Waters, her friendship with Ava Gardner, her abandoning those close to her, her secret marriage to Lennie Heydon, her conflicts and dislike of Frank Sinatra, being blacklisted from performing. The civil rights movement that made her come out of herself, especially with the murders of her admired leaders Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, Martin, & Kennedy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the account of Lena Horne a true pioneer for women everywhere !Published 20 days ago by Churnet Winborne
An easy read, very informative, interesting & entertaining all at the same time!Published 6 months ago by Tiffany Coty
I knew very little about Lena. This book was very interesting; however, I would have liked more details.Published 8 months ago by Kent Elam
A brilliant achievement! Mr. Gavin is a virtuoso! - James GavinPublished 12 months ago by MrForager
Exhaustive research is evident throughout these pages -- Mr. Gavin has treated us to the "real" life of this beautiful woman.Published 13 months ago by Patricia A. Brown
Great insight into the history trials and tribulations of Lena Horne.
Very insightful in unearthing stories I di not know existed. a good read. Read more