AWFJ Women On Film – Lena Horne Remembered – Carrie Rickey

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Over her dazzling five-decade career, Lena Horne soared from Cotton Club showgirl to the screen’s “bronze bombshell” to one of Broadway’s grandest dames. She made her remarkable flight while toting the expectations of two races on a thrush’s fragile wings. Lena Horne passed away on May 9, 2010 at the age of 92. Read Carrie Rickey’s obituary and commentary, and watch Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice to celebrate and honor the strong and spirited artist who will be so sorely missed.

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Carrie Rickey

Carrie Rickey has been The Philadelphia Inquirer's film critic for 21 years and writes the newspaper's Flickgrrl blog. She has reviewed films as diverse as "Water" and "The Waterboy," profiled celebrities from Lillian Gish to Will Smith, and reported on technological beakthroughs from the video revolution to the rise of movies on demand. Her reviews are syndicated nationwide and she is a regular contributor to Entertainment Weekly, MSNBC and NPR. Rickey's essays appear in numerous anthologies, including "The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll," "The American Century," and the Library of America's "American Movie Critics."