On the aloof persona she cultivated:
“I disconnected to shield myself from people who would sway to my songs in the club and call me ‘nigger’ in the street. They were too busy seeing their own preconceived image of a Negro woman. The image that I chose to give them was of a woman who they could not reach and therefore can’t hurt.
I am too proud to let them think they can have any personal contact with me. They get the singer, but they are not going to get the woman.”
-Lena Horne (photo by Yale Joel/Time Life Pictures, 1947)