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The Josephine Baker Story (1991)

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

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Brian Gibson

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Ron Hutchinson (story), Michael Zagor (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynn Whitfield ... Josephine Baker
Rubén Blades ... Count Giuseppe Pepito Abatino
David Dukes ... Jo Bouillon
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Sidney Williams
Craig T. Nelson ... Walter Winchell
Kene Holiday ... Sidney Bechet (as Kene Holliday)
Vivian Bonnell ... Josephine's Mother
Mayah McCoy Mayah McCoy ... Josephine -Age 8
Ainslie Currie Ainslie Currie ... Josephine - Age 13
Pierre Magny Pierre Magny ... Poul Colin
Franco Britt Franco Britt ... Victor (as Franco Iiriti)
George Faison George Faison ... Emcee in Harlem Club
Robert Lesser ... Copa City Manager
Luis Reyes Luis Reyes ... Josephine's Father
Vivienne Eytle Vivienne Eytle ... Josephine's Sister
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Born poor in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker achieved fame and fortune through her sizzlingly exotic, 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 an orchestra leader, to her bond with army officer Sydney Williams, Josephine's life is a rollercoaster 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Josephine Baker Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

Josephine Baker: One dance had made me the most famous colored woman in the world.
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Referenced in Live! with Kelly: Episode dated 6 March 1991 (1991) See more »

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Begin the Beguine
Written by Cole Porter
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Good performance by Whitfield, routine storytelling
11 June 2001 | by Sleepy-17See 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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