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Jackson 'pulls out' of Horne film
Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake
Jackson and Timberlake caused a furore with their performance
Veteran singer and actress Lena Horne has put a stop to Janet Jackson playing her in a TV film of her life, according to industry newspaper Variety.

Horne, 86, and her daughter did not want Jackson in the show after her infamous breast-baring performance at the US Super Bowl, Variety reports.

Horne allegedly refused to return her contract for the film until TV network ABC said Jackson would not be involved.

Lena Horne's best-known songs included Stormy Weather and Deed I Do.

Jackson and executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron reportedly withdrew from the project after Horne's complaints.

"It's sad this had to happen. It was a perfect match," one ABC insider was quoted as saying.

Lena Horne
Lena Horne broke through racial barriers with her singing
The project is now up in the air and is unlikely to progress since Jackson was the driving force behind it.

Jackson had also planned to re-record some of Horne's classic songs, reported Variety.

"She is someone I've admired my whole life," the singer said of Horne when the film was given the go-ahead last year.

Jackson's acting career has included roles in 1970s sitcom Good Times and John Singleton's 1993 film Poetic Justice.

The star sparked 200,000 complaints when she was left exposed during a Super Bowl half-time performance with Justin Timberlake earlier this month.

Lena Horne became one of the most popular African American performers of the 1940s and 1950s, appearing alongside stars such as Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington at Harlem's famous Cotton Club.

She moved to Hollywood and went on to star in films including Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather and was actively involved in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.




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