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.”
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. [See photos below.]
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.
In honor of the legendary Lena Horne, PBS will re-air the 1996 American Masters special “Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice” from May 14 through May 23, 2010. (Check local listings.)
In the documtnary, Horne tells the story of her journey to reluctant stardom. In addition to exclusive interviews with Horne and her daughter, the program includes interviews with Ossie Davis, Alan King, Liz Smith and others who worked with the performer.