Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Josephine Baker, Book Review

Photo by Rudolf Suroch of Josephine Baker. Hav...Image via Wikipedia
Born in 1906 into the poverty of St. Louis, Josephine Baker was a remarkable woman and entertainer.  I have just finished reading 'The Josephine Baker Story' by Ean Wood which chronicles her incredible life.

She began her singing and dancing cabaret shows in America, but moved to Paris after experiencing racial intolerance.  There she starred in the Folies Bergeres, and also toured extensively.

During World War II she worked as an undercover agent and was awarded the Legion d'Honneur, the highest decoration in France.

Always a leader for civil rights, she adopted twelve children of all colours and creeds, her 'rainbow' children.

Late in life she experienced financial difficulties, and was evicted from her french chateau, but then rescued by Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco.

She died in 1975 after having become famous again, performing at such venues as the London Palladium and Carnegie Hall.

A legend in her own time.
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The Josephine Baker Story  Buy from Amazon UK

The Josephine Baker Story  Buy from Amazon USA

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