The Josephine Baker Story (1991)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  16 March 1991 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Count Giuseppe Pepito Abatino
Jo Bouillon
Sidney Williams
Sidney Bechet (as Kene Holliday)
Vivian Bonnell ...
Josephine's Mother
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


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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Die Josephine-Baker-Story  »

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In 1975, Diahann Carroll was announced for a TV version of this story. See more »


Josephine Baker: What am I most ashamed of in my life? Not keeping my promise to my sister and being too scared of America to attend her funeral.
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Dans mon village
Music by Francis Lopez
Lyrics by Henry Lemarchand
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Good performance by Whitfield, routine storytelling
11 June 2001 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

Rags to riches, in which Lynn Whitfield's exhibitionism rivals that of the woman she portrays. Whitfield fills her character with purpose and determination, and her feud with Walter Winchell is well done. However the routine showbiz bio formula is hard to enliven. I love the stuff about her adopted children (what a great way to spend a fortune!) but it was more touching as described in the documentary "Chasing a Rainbow."

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