Lena Horne performing in the lounge of the Savoy-Plaza Hotel, New York, 1942.
Lena Horne in Stormy Weather, 1943.
Singer and actress Lena Horne in a candid image taken on 5th Avenue in NYC, c. 1940
Lena Horne took on one of her few acting roles as the temptress Georgia Brown in Cabin in the Sky and it proved to be the ideal showcase for her musical talents and natural beauty. Minnelli originally intended to introduce Horne’s sexy character in a bubble bath scene but the censors refused to let him film it. Later, it appeared in a 1946 Pete Smith short subject entitled Studio Visit. As Horne later said in the documentary That’s Entertainment! III in which the excised performance was also featured, it was felt that to show a black woman singing in a bath went beyond the bounds of moral decency in 1943.