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Lena Horne (1917-2010)

  1. Dooley Wilson, Casablanca, 1942.
  2. Ingrid Bergman, Saratoga Trunk, 1943.    MGM refused  Jack Warner’s  brave  plan  to borrow Horne to play Gary Cooper’s Creole lover as per the Edna Ferber tale.  Black stars like Horne were never offered above-the-title roles, much less as a white man’s lover in those dark days.  (Held up for release,  by propaganda movies, until 1946). 
  3. Jeanne Crain, Pinky, 1948.    The year is important… Almost makes what follows undestandable. Cid Ricketts Sumner’s book was about a black nurse passing for white and falling for a white doctor. Perfect for Dandridge who auditioned or Lena Horne who pushed hard for the rôle. No, no, said the Fox suits, the great US public would not stand (or pay) for inter-racial love scenes. So they chosde a white actress passing for a black nurse passing for white. Stupido!
  4. Ava Gardner, Show Boat, 1950.     Ditto…   For Ava, the world’s three mostbeautiful women were:Garbo, Hepburn, Horne.MGM planned the musical for the singer once banned from the main commissary for being black - and had all her scenes shot so they could be excised dahn South. Lenahad “tested,” after all, by playing/singingJulie in her spot in Metro’sJerome Kern biopic, Till The Clouds Roll By, 1946, -“Can't Help Lovin’ That Man” (her “Bill” was cut). Chickening out, MGM started spinningthat the show had been bought for Judy Garland... or Dinah Shore... or even Ava as the half-caste Julie. Due to be dubbed by... Lena! Finally, the dubber was Annette Warren but it’s Ava on the soundtrack album, “copying Lena's phrasing,” on“Bill” and “... Lovin’ That Man.” 
  5. Ruby Dee, The Tall Target, 1951.      Director Joseph Losey(beforehis self-exile to Europe) chose her for his version, The Man on the Train (Abraham Lincoln was both man and target).Losey also tried to star Lena in Le Chemin de Traversethe same year and opposite Hardy Kruger in a 60s African project, The Rapids.

 






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