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The Josephine Baker Story (1991)

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker was born poor, but achieved fame and fortune through her sizzlingly exotic and erotic performances. Starting life on the American Vaudeville ... See full summary »

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Jo Bouillon
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Sidney Williams
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Walter Winchell
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Sidney Bechet (as Kene Holliday)
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Mayah McCoy ...
Josephine -Age 8
Ainslie Currie ...
Josephine - Age 13
Pierre Magny ...
Poul Colin
Franco Britt ...
Victor (as Franco Iiriti)
George Faison ...
Emcee in Harlem Club
Robert Lesser ...
Copa City Manager
Luis Reyes ...
Josephine's Father
Vivienne Eytle ...
Josephine's Sister
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Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker was born poor, but achieved fame and fortune through her sizzlingly exotic and erotic performances. Starting life on the American Vaudeville circuit, success takes Josephine to Paris where her semi-nude dancing causes an international sensation. Through her marriages to an Italian pseudo-count and orchestra leader, to her bond with army officer Sydney Williams, Josephine's life is a roller coaster ride of love and rejection from both her lovers and her country. But semi-nude, or head-to-toes in sequins; in battle fatigues or rags - her beauty and ambition ensured that Josephine Baker will always be remembered as the first, and possibly most loved, truly international star. Written by HBO Home Video

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Before Madonna. Before Marilyn. There was Josephine.


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16 March 1991 (USA)  »

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Diana Ross, Diahnne Abbott, Irene Cara, Holly Robinson Peete, Whitney Houston and Neneh Cherry were considered for the role of Josephine Baker. See more »

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Josephine's Mother: No one's ever been able to tell that girl anything... least of all me.
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Referenced in Live with Kelly and Ryan: Episode dated 6 March 1991 (1991) See more »

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Me revoila Paris
Written by Dany Revel
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very good but flawed
15 February 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie but felt there was one major problem that prevented it from being an even better film. Even though Baker was VERY famous for her semi-nude dancing in France in the early 20th Century, showing these nude dances in the film make this a poor choice to show kids. And, the problem is, this is EXACTLY the audience that could really benefit from learning about Miss Baker. In other words, how can kids learn about a great African-American if their parents tell them they can't see the film because of its "high boobie quotient"? If they had used a few photographic techniques, they could have made this a PG movie and appropriate for all.

Apart from this, the movie is very competently made. The acting and direction are fine. Give it a try and then try to get a copy of ZOU ZOU--a film actually starring Josephine Baker. Then, you can compare the bio with the real lady.


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