Lena Horne dies at 92
NEW YORK -- Lena Horne, the enchanting jazz singer and actress known for her plaintive, signature song ''Stormy Weather'' and for her triumph over the bigotry that allowed her to entertain white audiences but not socialize with them, has died. She was 92.
Horne died Sunday at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Gloria Chin, who would not release details.
Quincy Jones, a longtime friend and collaborator, was among those mourning her death Monday. He called her a ''pioneering groundbreaker.''
''Our friendship dated back more than 50 years and continued up until the last moment, her inner and outer beauty immediately bonding us forever,'' said Jones, who noted that they worked together on the film ''The Wiz'' and a Grammy-winning live album.
''Lena Horne was a pioneering groundbreaker, making inroads into a world that had never before been explored by African-American women, and she did it on her own terms,'' he added. ''Our nation and the world has lost one of the great artistic icons of the 20th century. There will never be another like Lena Horne and I will miss her deeply.''
Reality starlet sentenced on burglary charge
LOS ANGELES -- A reality starlet accused of burglarizing Orlando Bloom's house pleaded no contest Monday to felony burglary and was sentenced to up to six months in county jail after reaching a deal with prosecutors.
Alexis Neiers, 18, an aspiring model who has been the subject of the E! Entertainment Television reality show ''Pretty Wild,'' entered the plea shortly before her trial was slated to begin. Bloom, star of the ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' and ''Lord of the Rings'' film franchises, had been expected to testify.
Artist Frazetta dies in Florida
PHILADELPHIA -- Pioneering fantasy artist Frank Frazetta has died in a Fort Myers, Fla., hospital. He was 82.
Manager Rob Pistella said Frazetta died Monday morning, a day after suffering a stroke. He said Frazetta had been out to dinner with his daughters Sunday before falling ill.