A new limited series about Grammy-winning singer, Broadway performer, Civil Rights activist, and Hollywood star Lena Horne is in development at Showtime.
The series is currently titled “Blackbird: Lena Horne and America, ” for Horne’s favorite poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” The show will be penned and executive-produced by Horne’s granddaughter, writer Jenny Lumet.
The series will span 60 years of Horne’s life, from dancing at the cotton club when she was 16, through World War II and stardom at MGM Studios, the Civil Rights movement and her triumphant return to Broadway (Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music). It will also delve into her relationships with luminaries like Paul Robeson, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Joe Louis, Billie Holiday, Hattie McDaniel, Ava Gardner and Orson Welles.
Now who will portray Horne? Game on actors!