Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker

American-born French dancer, singer, and actress (1906-1975)
Towering entertainer, expert at chanson, racial barrier breaker, beloved in France, her sensuous banana dance is the stuff of legend.
BornJune 3, 1906
HometownSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
Height5'7" (1.70m)
SpouseJo Bouillon (m 1947 - 1961) , Jean Lion (m 1937 - 1940) , William Baker (m 1921 - 1925) , Willie Wells (m 1919 - 1919)
PartnerRobert Brady
ChildrenJean-Claude Baker
ParentsEddie Carson , Carrie McDonald
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Videos

'I have two loves, my country and Paris': Exploring Josephine Baker's New York legacy

The Empire State building was lit up with the colours of the French flag this week, in honour of the American-French performer Josephine Baker, who was inducted into France's Panthéon mausoleum on Tuesday. In the US, Josephine Baker is just as beloved as she is in France, and nowhere more so than in Harlem, in New York City. Our correspondents Jessica Le Masurier, Yves Schaeffner and Fanny Chauvin met with New Yorkers to explore Baker's legacy.
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MOVIES & TV SHOWS

Myth of a Colorblind France
Myth of a Colorblind France
1h 26min
2020
The French Way
The French Way
1h 30min
1952
Princesse Tam-Tam
Princesse Tam-Tam
1h 17min
1989
Zouzou
Zouzou
1h 32min
1981

Albums

Les chansons D'or
Les chansons D'or
2021
Petite tonkinoise
Petite tonkinoise
2017
Je Suis Josephine
Je Suis Josephine
2016
Very Best of Josephine Baker [Bygone Days]
Very Best of Josephine Baker [Bygone Days]
2015
Remembering
Remembering
2014
J'ai Deux Amours - Du Caf' Conc' au Music Hall
J'ai Deux Amours - Du Caf' Conc' au Music Hall
2011
Voilà Paris!
Voilà Paris!
2011
J'ai Deux Amours
J'ai Deux Amours
2010
Best Recordings, Vol. 1
Best Recordings, Vol. 1
2008
BD Chanson: Josephine Baker
BD Chanson: Josephine Baker
2006
Centenary Tribute: Songs from 1930-1953
Centenary Tribute: Songs from 1930-1953
2006
Sur Deaux Notes
Sur Deaux Notes
2005
Meilleur de...
Meilleur de...
2004
Black Pearl
Black Pearl
2003
1927-1939
1927-1939
2003
15 Archive Recordings
15 Archive Recordings
2002
J'ai Deux Amours [Blaricum]
J'ai Deux Amours [Blaricum]
2001
En la Habana
En la Habana
2000
Gold Collection
Gold Collection
2000
Cocktail Hour
Cocktail Hour
2000
Complete Recorded Works: 1926-27
Complete Recorded Works: 1926-27
1999
Etoiles de la Chanson
Etoiles de la Chanson
1999
Chansons Eternelles
Chansons Eternelles
1999
Portrait of Josephine Baker
Portrait of Josephine Baker
1998

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