Legendary entertainer Lena Horne (1917-2010) was not merely a singer, but also an actress and civil rights activist. From Harlem’s Cotton Club to Charlie Barnet’s orchestra to MGM’s Cabin in the Sky, to her work for both the USO and the civil rights movement, Horne became a prominent force in American entertainment until she found herself blacklisted in the 1950s during the Red Scare. Nevertheless, her career spanned seven decades on stage, screen, and television.

Jane Ellen passionately shares her eclectic interests via the marvels of the internet from her home in Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in all aspects of music and entertainment history, she strives to bring her subjects to life while seeking to make a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as a scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.