Compared to legends like Billie Holliday and Shirley Horne, Abbey Lincoln was born Anna Marie Wooldridge August 6, 1930 in Chicago, the 10th of 12 children. Heading to L.A. at the age of 19, she became a nightclub singer until she rose to stardom. Sadly, Ms. Lincoln passed away this weekend at the age of 80.
In addition to being an amazing singer, Abbey Lincoln was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in 1969 for her role as the title character in For Love of Ivy starring opposite Sidney Poitier, who also wrote the story. This came as no surprise to those who had seen her in the 1964 film, Nothing but a Man.
Harvey Pekar, author of the American Splendor comic series, died today at the age of 70. The cause of death is not yet known but Pekar suffered from cancer, which he and his wife wrote about in Our Cancer Year.
Harvey Lawrence Pekar was born October 8, 1939 and was best known for writing the American Splendor series, which chronicled Pekar's everyday life in Cleveland and was illustrated by a variety of artists including R. Crumb. Pekar was also a huge jazz fan and critic and authored a jazz opera called Leave Me Alone.
Lena Horne, winner of two Grammy awards, a Tony award, the Spingarn Medal, and countless hearts, died yesterday in New York.
Ms. Horne revolutionized the image of African-American women on the silver screen, refusing to be cast as a maid or other stereotypical roles. Ms. Horne continued to wow audiences performing well into her eighties in the studio and on the Broadway stage.