Lisa Birnie – Writer

Lena Horne
May 18, 2010, 9:34 pm
Filed under: Regrets and reflections

I thought Lena Horne was the most beautiful and gracious woman in the world. I interviewed her at the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill. She always stayed there as she and Ben Swig, the manager, were friends. When Ms. Horne came to San Francisco in the 40’s and 50’s, no hotel would accept her because of colour – except Ben Swig, manager of the Fairmont.


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