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今日は「黒いヴィーナス」フリーダ・ジョセフィン・マクドナルド(Freda Josephine McDonald)さんの誕生日だが、皆さんにとって、 フリーダ・ジョセフィン・マクドナルドとは?

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今日は「黒いヴィーナス」フリーダ・ジョセフィン・マクドナルド(Freda Josephine McDonald)さんの誕生日だが、皆さんにとって、

フリーダ・ジョセフィン・マクドナルドとは?


」フリーダ・ジョセフィン・マクドナルドの

利点欠点限界盲点業績影響とは?


https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/ジョセフィン・ベーカー

ジョセフィン・ベイカー(Josephine Baker、1906年6月3日 - 1975年4月12日)は、アメリカ・セントルイス出身のジャズ歌手・女優である。フランス語読みで「ジョゼフィーヌ・バケル」とも呼ばれる。

生まれたときの名前は、フリーダ・ジョセフィン・マクドナルド(Freda Josephine McDonald)。1937年、フランス国籍を取得している。「黒いヴィーナス」の異名をとった。


生涯[編集]

若年期[編集]

ジョセフィンは、ユダヤスペイン人のドラマー、エディー・カーソン(Eddie Carson)とアフリカ系アメリカ人の洗濯婦のキャリー・マクドナルド(Carrie McDonald)との間の私生児として、ミズーリ州セイントルイスで生まれた。

彼女は、非常に貧しい環境の中で育つ。1917年7月2日、彼女はセイントルイスで人種差別を経験して、これが彼女が後に人種差別撤廃運動に熱心に肩入れする背景となる。13歳で、母親によってかなり年配の黒人男性と結婚させられるが、数週間しか結婚生活は続かなかった。そのあと家出。1921年、彼女は鉄道車掌の黒人ウィリー・ベイカー(Willie Baker)と結婚し、1925年に離婚するが、この苗字を彼女はその後もしばらくの間使用している。

デビュー[編集]

レビューに出演していた頃の写真(1927年)

彼女のキャリアは、16歳でフィラデルフィアのスタンダード劇場でのデビューから始まる。その後すぐニューヨークに行き、ちょうど半年間アメリカを巡業していたボードビル・グループに参加。1923年-1924年、ニューヨークのでミュージカルコメディ「シャッフル・アロング(Shuffle Along)」でコーラスガールの役を得た後、黒人のレビューグループ、チョコレート・ダンディーズ(The Cholocate Dandies)のメンバーとなる。ニューヨークのプランテーション・クラブに出演した後、1925年10月2日、パリのシャンゼリゼ劇場に出ていた「レビュー・ネグロ(黒人レビュー)」に加わることになる。

このダンスで彼女は、初めてチャールストンを目の当たりにしたパリの観客をたちまち虜にしてしまう。舞踏ジャーナリストのアンドレ・ルヴァンソン(André Levinson)は、「ジョセフィンは、不恰好な黒人のダンサーだと思ったらとんでもない間違いで、彼女こそ詩人ボードレールが夢に見た褐色の女神」と熱狂して賛辞を送り[要出典]アーネスト・ヘミングウェイは「これまで見たことのある最もセンセイショナルな女性」と称えた[要出典]

レビュー・ネグロは、さらにブリュッセルベルリンでも公演を行い、ドイツではベルリンのクァフュルステンダムのネルソン劇場で1926年1月14日にドイツでの初演を行っている。1926年-1927年、彼女はまさにフォリー・ベルジェール劇場のスターだった。彼女は、ルイ・ケーナシャンの2つのレビューに出演、有名なバナナを腰の周りにぶら下げただけの衣装で踊った。

注目[編集]

1926年の末にベイカーは、それまでベイカーのショーの美術を手伝っていたシチリアの石工ジュゼッペ・ペピート・アバティーノ(Giuseppe Pepito Abatino)と結婚して、世間の話題を一身に集める。アバティーノは、「ディ・アルベルティーニ」と自称していたが、ベイカーの恋人兼マネージャーの役につく。当時ベイカーは、ラングストン・ヒューズパブロ・ピカソアーネスト・ヘミングウェイなど同時代の作家、画家、彫刻家にとっての美の女神、大衆にとってのセックス・シンボルとなった。

ベイカーは、ヨーロッパ貴族の称号を持つことになった初めてのアフリカ系のアメリカ人女性ということになった。建築家のアドルフ・ロースは1928年にベイカーのために白黒の大理石の正面玄関を持つ家を設計したが、それは実際に建築するまでには至らなかった。想像を超えたエロティックな衣装と踊りのために、ベイカーはウィーンプラハブダペスト、そしてミュンヘンの劇場で出演を禁止されてしまう。それほどまでにベイカーはセンセイショナルな存在になったのである。

東ヨーロッパと南アメリカ公演旅行の後、ベイカーは今度は歌手としてもデビューを果たす。「二つの愛」(J'ai deux amoures)、「ハイチ」(Haiti)、「かわいいトンキン娘」(La Petite Tonkinoise)、「かわいいベイビー」(Pretty Little Baby)は、彼女の最も成功した歌である。彼女は映画にも出演し、「南海の女王」(La Sirène des Tropiques、1927年)、「はだかの女王」(Zouzou、1934年)、 そして「タムタム姫」(Princesse Tam-Tam、1935年)で主演をしている。

たちまちにしてフランスで最も成功したアメリカ人となったベイカーは、そのために祖国アメリカでは、人種的な差別、偏見に人一倍さらされることとなった。1936年にアメリカで「ジーグフェルド・フォリーズ」のショーでメンバーから外され、それにショックを受ける。また私生活でもあまり幸福ではなかった。アメリカにおける人種差別に嫌気がさしたベイカーは、1937年にフランスの市民権を取得する。

第二次世界大戦前後[編集]

1949年
1951年

第二次世界大戦の最中を、ベーカーはドイツ軍に北部を占領され、南部に親独政権であるヴィシー政権が樹立されたフランスと北アフリカで過ごした。ベーカーは自由フランス軍の前面に出て、レジスタンス運動や秘密情報部の活動に携わった。ベーカーはまた飛行士の資格も取得し、中尉になっている。戦後これらの功績によりレジオンドヌール勲章などを授与された。

人種差別とグレース・ケリーとの交友[編集]

ベーカーは第二次世界大戦後もフランスで生活していたが、1950年代にはアメリカの公民権運動の支援に手を貸している。また、ベーカーはさまざまな人種の12人の孤児を養子とし、人種差別に徹底して立ち向かった。こうした仕方で、ベーカーはまさに虹色のような家族を作り上げ、しばしば経済的な危機に瀕しながらもフランスの古城で生活を共にした。

1951年に、ニューヨークのナイトクラブに客として入店しようとしたベーカーを拒否するという人種差別事件(いわゆる「ストーク・クラブ事件」)が起きた。この時、たまたま店にいあわせて、店側に猛然と抗議する彼女の様子を見た映画女優グレース・ケリーは、初対面の彼女を庇って一緒に店を出て、自分のパーティーが終わるまで店に戻らなかった。

これがきっかけで始まった2人の交友は、ケリーがその後モナコ王妃になってからも長く続くこととなり、経済的に危機におちいったベーカーを援助したりした。

引退とカムバック[編集]

1954年(昭和29年)4月11日エールフランス機でパリを出発。4月13日午後8時半に羽田空港に到着し、来日を果たした[1]。4月19日長崎市、4月20日佐世保市、4月21日福岡市、4月22日名古屋市[1]と各地でのコンサートに出演。4月23日広島市で公演。原爆死没者慰霊碑に参拝[2]。4月25日から29日まで東京都・帝国劇場、5月1日には京都の弥栄会館で公演を行い人気を博した。[1]また、5月2日から3日まで宝塚大劇場でも公演を行った。

1956年にベーカーは舞台からの引退声明を発表したが、1961年には早くもカムバックし、1973年にはニューヨークで行われたカーネギー・ホールでの公演で大成功を収めている。

またこの頃ベーカーは、1950年代後半からアメリカで活発になった人種差別撤廃運動、いわゆる公民権運動に協力し、1963年8月にマーティン・ルーサー・キングの呼びかけで行われたワシントン大行進にはハリー・ベラフォンテマーロン・ブランドチャールトン・ヘストンらとともに参加している。

死去[編集]

1975年4月8日に、フランスのパリでベーカーの芸能生活50周年を祝うショーの初日の公演が行われた。その直後に脳溢血に襲われ、4月12日死去した。ベーカーはモナコの墓地に埋葬されている。

ベーカーは、数多くの自叙伝を執筆し、その都度キャリアや家族のことについて食い違いを見せている。ベーカーは、フランスの戦没者慰霊碑にその栄誉を称えられた最初のアメリカ人でもある。数奇なベーカーの人生は、映画、TVドラマ、舞台劇でもしばしば取り上げられている。

私生活[編集]

ベーカーは、6度の結婚を経験している。最初は鋳物工場の職人、ウィリー・ウェルズ(1919年結婚し、離婚)、列車のポーターウィリアム・ハワード・ベーカー(1921年結婚し、離婚)、ジュゼッペ・ペピート・アバチーノ(1926年結婚、一種の宣伝行為、法的には拘束力なし)、フランスの製糖業界の大物ジャン・リヨン(1937年 - 1940年)、フランスのバンドリーダー、ジョー・ブイヨン(1947年結婚、1957年別居、そのまま離婚)、そしてアメリカ人のアーティスト、ロバート・ブラッドレー(1928年 - 1986年、結婚したのは1973年、但し法的拘束力のないもの、1974年に別れている)の6人である。

引用[編集]

  • “私は、舞台で野蛮人の役をやらされて以来、普段の生活では努めて文明人でいようと努力してきたの。” —ジョセフィン・ベーカー

出演映画[編集]

出典[編集]

[ヘルプ]
  1. a b c Konomi Ara 著「Josephine Baker: A Chanteuse and a Fighter」(2010年、カリフォルニア大学escholarshipサイト内掲載PDFファイル)
  2. ^ 「増補ヒロシマの記録」(1976年、中国新聞社)


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephine_Baker


Josephine Baker (born Freda Josephine McDonald; 3 June 1906 – 12 April 1975) was a French vedette, singer and entertainer, whose career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adoptive country of France. During her early career she was renowned as a dancer, and was among the most celebrated performers to headline the lavish revues of the Folies Bergère in Paris. Her performance in the revue Un Vent de Folie in 1927 caused a sensation in Paris; her costume, consisting of only a girdle of bananas, became her most iconic image and a symbol of the jazz age and the 1920s. She was celebrated by artists and intellectuals of the era, who variously dubbed her the "Black Pearl", the "Bronze Venus", and the "Creole Goddess". Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she renounced her U.S. citizenship and became a French national after her marriage to French industrialist Jean Lion in 1937.[6]

 She raised her children in France. "I have two loves," the artist once said, "my country and Paris."[7]

Baker was the first person of African descent to become a world-famous entertainer and to star in a major motion picture, the 1934 Marc Allégret film Zouzou.[8] Baker refused to perform for segregated audiences in the United States and is noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. In 1968 she was offered unofficial leadership in the movement in the United States by Coretta Scott King, following Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. After thinking it over, Baker declined the offer out of concern for the welfare of her children.[9][10]

She was also known for aiding the French Resistance during World War II.[11] After the war, she was awarded the Croix de guerre by the French military, and was named a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by General Charles de Gaulle.[12]


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フリーダ・ジョセフィン・マクドナルドとは?


」フリーダ・ジョセフィン・マクドナルドの

利点欠点限界盲点業績影響とは?


https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/ジョセフィン・ベーカー

ジョセフィン・ベイカー(Josephine Baker、1906年6月3日 - 1975年4月12日)は、アメリカ・セントルイス出身のジャズ歌手・女優である。フランス語読みで「ジョゼフィーヌ・バケル」とも呼ばれる。

生まれたときの名前は、フリーダ・ジョセフィン・マクドナルド(Freda Josephine McDonald)。1937年、フランス国籍を取得している。「黒いヴィーナス」の異名をとった。


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephine_Baker


Josephine Baker (born Freda Josephine McDonald; 3 June 1906 – 12 April 1975) was a French vedette, singer and entertainer, whose career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adoptive country of France. During her early career she was renowned as a dancer, and was among the most celebrated performers to headline the lavish revues of the Folies Bergère in Paris. Her performance in the revue Un Vent de Folie in 1927 caused a sensation in Paris; her costume, consisting of only a girdle of bananas, became her most iconic image and a symbol of the jazz age and the 1920s. She was celebrated by artists and intellectuals of the era, who variously dubbed her the "Black Pearl", the "Bronze Venus", and the "Creole Goddess". Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she renounced her U.S. citizenship and became a French national after her marriage to French industrialist Jean Lion in 1937.[6]

 She raised her children in France. "I have two loves," the artist once said, "my country and Paris."[7]

Baker was the first person of African descent to become a world-famous entertainer and to star in a major motion picture, the 1934 Marc Allégret film Zouzou.[8] Baker refused to perform for segregated audiences in the United States and is noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. In 1968 she was offered unofficial leadership in the movement in the United States by Coretta Scott King, following Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. After thinking it over, Baker declined the offer out of concern for the welfare of her children.[9][10]

She was also known for aiding the French Resistance during World War II.[11] After the war, she was awarded the Croix de guerre by the French military, and was named a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by General Charles de Gaulle.[12]

Early life[edit]

Josephine Baker was born as Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri[13] Her mother, Carrie, was adopted in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1886 by Richard and Elvira McDonald, both of whom were former slavesof African and Native American descent.[14] Josephine Baker's estate identifies vaudeville drummer Eddie Carson as her natural father despite evidence to the contrary.[15] Baker's foster son Jean-Claude Baker wrote a biography on her that was published in 1993 titled Josephine: The Hungry Heart. Jean-Claude Baker did an exhaustive amount of research into the life of Josephine Baker, including the identity of her biological father. In the book, he discusses at length the circumstances surrounding Josephine Baker's birth:

The records of the city of St. Louis tell an almost unbelievable story. They show that (Josephine Baker's mother) Carrie McDonald...was admitted to the (exclusively white) Female Hospital on May 3, 1906, diagnosed as pregnant. She was discharged on June 17, her baby, Freda J. McDonald having been born two weeks earlier. Why six weeks in the hospital? Especially for a black woman (of that time) who would customarily have had her baby at home with the help of a midwife? Obviously, there had been complications with the pregnancy, but Carrie's chart reveals no details. The father was identified (on the birth certificate) simply as "Edw" ... I think Josephine's father was white—so did Josephine, so did her family ... people in St. Louis say that (Baker's mother) had worked for a German family (around the time she became pregnant). He's the one who must have got her into that hospital and paid to keep her there all those weeks. Also, her baby's birth was registered by the head of the hospital at a time when most black births were not. I have unraveled many mysteries associated with Josephine Baker, but the most painful mystery of her life, the mystery of her father's identity, I could not solve. The secret died with Carrie, who refused to the end to talk about it. She let people think Eddie Carson was the father, and Carson played along,(but) Josephine knew better.[16]

Carrie McDonald and Eddie Carson had a song-and-dance act, playing wherever they could get work. When Josephine was about a year old they began to carry her onstage occasionally during their finale. She was further exposed to show business at an early age because her childhood neighborhood was home to many vaudeville theaters that doubled as movie houses. These venues included the Jazzland, Booker T. Washington, and Comet Theatres.[citation needed]

Josephine lived her early life at 212 Targee Street (known by some St. Louis residents as Johnson Street) in the Mill Creek Valley neighborhood of St. Louis, a racially mixed low-income neighborhood near Union Station, consisting mainly of rooming houses, brothels and apartments with no indoor plumbing.[5] Josephine was always poorly dressed and hungry as a child, and developed street smarts playing in the railroad yards of Union Station.[17] She had little formal education, and attended Lincoln Elementary School only through the fifth grade.[citation needed]

Josephine's mother married a kind but perpetually unemployed man, Arthur Martin, with whom she had a son, Arthur, and two more daughters, Marguerite and Willie.[18] She took in laundry to wash to make ends meet, and at eight years old, Josephine began working as a live-in domestic for white families in St. Louis.[19] One woman abused her, burning Josephine's hands when the young girl put too much soap in the laundry.[20]

At 13, Josephine also worked as a waitress at the Old Chauffeur's Club at 3133 Pine Street. She also lived as a street child in the slums of St. Louis, sleeping in cardboard shelters, scavenging for food in garbage cans,[21]making a living with street-corner dancing. It was at the Old Chauffeur's Club where Josephine met Willie Wells and married him the same year. However, the marriage lasted less than a year and she left Wells to join a black vaudeville group.[citation needed]

In Baker's teen years she struggled to have a healthy relationship with her mother, Carrie McDonald, who did not want Josephine to become an entertainer, and scolded her for not tending to Baker's second husband, Willie Baker, whom she had married in 1921 at age 15.[22] Although she left Willie Baker when her vaudeville troupe was booked into a New York City venue and divorced him in 1925, it was during this time she began to see significant career success, and she continued to use his last name professionally for the rest of her life.[23]

Though Baker returned after traveling with gifts and money for her mother and younger half-sister, the turmoil with her mother pushed her to make a trip to France.[24]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Baker's street-corner dancing attracted attention, leading to her being recruited for the St. Louis Chorus vaudeville show at the age of 15. She headed to New York City during the Harlem Renaissance, performing at the Plantation Club and in the chorus of the groundbreaking and hugely successful Broadway revues Shuffle Along (1921) with Adelaide Hall[25]and The Chocolate Dandies (1924). She performed as the last dancer in a chorus line.

Traditionally the dancer in this position performed in a comic manner, as if she were unable to remember the dance, until the encore, at which point she would perform it not only correctly but with additional complexity. Baker was billed at the time as "the highest-paid chorus girl in vaudeville".[26]

Baker’s career began with her doing blackface comedy at local clubs; this was the "entertainment" that her mother did not approve of. Blackface performances landed Baker an opportunity to tour in Paris, which would become the place she called home until her final days.[27]

Paris and rise to fame[edit]

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Arrival of Baker in The Hague in 1928

Baker sailed to Paris, for a new venture, and opened in La Revue Nègre on 2 October 1925, aged 19, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.[28][29] In Paris, she became an instant success for her erotic dancing, and for appearing practically nude onstage. After a successful tour of Europe, she broke her contract and returned to France to star at the Folies Bergère, setting the standard for her future acts.[30]

Josephine Baker in her famous banana costume

Baker performed the "Danse sauvage" wearing a costume consisting of a skirt made of a string of artificial bananas. Her success coincided (1925) with the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs, which gave birth to the term "Art Deco", and also with a renewal of interest in non-Western forms of art, including African. Baker represented one aspect of this fashion. In later shows in Paris, she was often accompanied on stage by her pet cheetah, "Chiquita", who was adorned with a diamond collar. The cheetah frequently escaped into the orchestra pit, where it terrorized the musicians, adding another element of excitement to the show.[30] After a short while, Baker was the most successful American entertainer working in France. Ernest Hemingway called her "the most sensational woman anyone ever saw."[31][32]

Baker also starred in three films which found success only in Europe: the silent film Siren of the Tropics (1927), Zouzou (1934) and Princesse Tam Tam (1935). She starred in Fausse Alerte in 1940.[33]

Louis Gaudin - Casino de Paris - Josephine Baker 1930.jpg

At this time she scored her most successful song, "J'ai deux amours" (1931). At the start of her career in France, Baker met a Sicilian former stonemason who passed himself off as a count, who persuaded her to let him manage her.[24] Giuseppe Pepito Abatino was not only Baker’s management, but her lover as well. The two could not marry due to Baker still being married to her second husband, Willie Baker.[22]

Under the management of Abatino, Baker's stage and public persona, as well as her singing voice, were transformed. In 1934, she took the lead in a revival of Jacques Offenbach's opera La créole, which premiered in December of that year for a six-month run at the Théâtre Marigny on the Champs-Élysées of Paris. In preparation for her performances, she went through months of training with a vocal coach. In the words of Shirley Bassey, who has cited Baker as her primary influence, "... she went from a 'petite danseuse sauvage' with a decent voice to 'la grande diva magnifique'... I swear in all my life I have never seen, and probably never shall see again, such a spectacular singer and performer."[34] Despite her popularity in France, Baker never attained the equivalent reputation in America. Her star turn in a 1936 revival of Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway generated less than impressive box office numbers, and later in the run, she was replaced by Gypsy Rose Lee.[35][36] Time magazine referred to her as a "Negro wench...whose dancing and singing might be topped anywhere outside of Paris", while other critics said her voice was "too thin" and "dwarf-like" to fill the Winter Garden Theatre.[35] She returned to Europe heartbroken.[28] This contributed to Baker's becoming a legal citizen of France and giving up her American citizenship.[37]

Baker returned to Paris in 1937, married the French industrialist Jean Lion, and became a French citizen.[38] They were married in the French town of Crèvecœur-le-Grand, in a wedding presided over by the mayor, Jammy Schmidt.

Work during World War II[edit]

In September 1939, when France declared war on Germany in response to the invasion of Poland, Baker was recruited by Deuxième Bureau, French military intelligence, as an "honorable correspondent". Baker collected what information she could about German troop locations from officials she met at parties. She specialized in gatherings at embassies and ministries, charming people as she had always done, while gathering information. Her café-society fame enabled her to rub shoulders with those in the know, from high-ranking Japanese officials to Italian bureaucrats, and to report back what she heard. She attended parties and gathered information at the Italian embassy without raising suspicion.[39]:182–269

When the Germans invaded France, Baker left Paris and went to the Château des Milandes, her home in the Dordogne département in the south of France. She housed friends who were eager to help the Free French effort led by Charles de Gaulle and supplied them with visas.[40]As an entertainer, Baker had an excuse for moving around Europe, visiting neutral nations such as Portugal, as well as some in South America. She carried information for transmission to England, about airfields, harbors, and German troop concentrations in the West of France. Notes were written in invisible ink on Baker's sheet music.[39]:232–269

Later in 1941, she and her entourage went to the French colonies in North Africa. The stated reason was Baker's health (since she was recovering from another case of pneumonia) but the real reason was to continue helping the Resistance. From a base in Morocco, she made tours of Spain. She pinned notes with the information she gathered inside her underwear (counting on her celebrity to avoid a strip search). She befriended the Pasha of Marrakech, whose support helped her through a miscarriage (the last of several). After the miscarriage, she developed an infection so severe it required a hysterectomy. The infection spread and she developed peritonitis and then septicemia. After her recovery (which she continued to fall in and out of), she started touring to entertain British, French, and American soldiers in North Africa. The Free French had no organized entertainment network for their troops, so Baker and her friends managed for the most part on their own. They allowed no civilians and charged no admission.[39]

Baker was awarded the honorary rank of lieutenant in the Free French Air Force for raising money for the French war effort

In Cairo, Egypt's King Farouk asked her to sing; she refused because Egypt had not recognized Free France and remained neutral. However, she offered to sing in Cairo at a celebration of honor for the ties between Free France and Egypt, and asked Farouk to preside, a subtle indication of which side his officially neutral country leaned toward.[citation needed]

After the war, Baker received the Croix de guerre and the Rosette de la Résistance. She was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by General Charles de Gaulle.[41]

Baker's last marriage, to French composer and conductor Jo Bouillon, ended around the time Baker opted to adopt her 11th child.[22] After the separation, Baker's chateau in France was foreclosed and she had to be physically removed from the property.[citation needed]

Later career[edit]

Baker in Amsterdam, 1954

In 1949, a reinvented Baker returned in triumph to the Folies Bergere. Bolstered by recognition of her wartime heroics, Baker the performer assumed a new gravitas, unafraid to take on serious music or subject matter. The engagement was a rousing success, and reestablished Baker as one of Paris' preeminent entertainers. In 1951 Baker was invited back to the United States for a nightclub engagement in Miami. After winning a public battle over desegregating the club's audience, Baker followed up her sold-out run at the club with a national tour. Rave reviews and enthusiastic audiences accompanied her everywhere, climaxed by a parade in front of 100,000 people in Harlem in honor of her new title: NAACP's "Woman of the Year". Her future looked bright, with six months of bookings and promises of many more to come.

An incident at the Stork Club interrupted and overturned her plans. Baker criticized the club's unwritten policy of discouraging black patrons, then scolded columnist Walter Winchell, an old ally, for not rising to her defense. Winchell responded swiftly with a series of harsh public rebukes, including accusations of Communist sympathies (a serious charge at the time). The ensuing publicity resulted in the termination of Baker's work visa, forcing her to cancel all her engagements and return to France. It was almost a decade before U.S. officials allowed her back into the country.[42]

In January 1966, Fidel Castro invited Baker to perform at the Teatro Musical de La Habana in Havana, Cuba, at the 7th anniversary celebrations of his revolution. Her spectacular show in April broke attendance records. In 1968, Baker visited Yugoslavia and made appearances in Belgrade and in Skopje. In her later career, Baker faced financial troubles. She commented, "Nobody wants me, they've forgotten me"; but family members encouraged her to continue performing. In 1973 she performed at Carnegie Hall to a standing ovation. The following year, she appeared in a Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium, and then at the Monacan Red Cross Gala, celebrating her 50 years in French show business. Advancing years and exhaustion began to take their toll; she sometimes had trouble remembering lyrics, and her speeches between songs tended to ramble. She still continued to captivate audiences of all ages.[39]

Civil rights activism[edit]

Although based in France, Baker supported the Civil Rights Movementduring the 1950s. When she arrived in New York with her husband Jo, they were refused reservations at 36 hotels because of racial discrimination. She was so upset by this treatment that she wrote articles about the segregation in the United States. She also began traveling into the South. She gave a talk at Fisk University, a historically black collegein Nashville, Tennessee, on "France, North Africa And The Equality Of The Races In France".[39]

She refused to perform for segregated audiences in the United States, although she was offered $10,000 by a Miami club.[11] (The club eventually met her demands). Her insistence on mixed audiences helped to integrate live entertainment shows in Las Vegas, Nevada.[10] After this incident, she began receiving threatening phone calls from people claiming to be from the Ku Klux Klan but said publicly that she was not afraid of them.[39]

In 1951, Baker made charges of racism against Sherman Billingsley's Stork Club in Manhattan, where she alleged she had been refused service.[42][43] Actress Grace Kelly, who was at the club at the time, rushed over to Baker, took her by the arm and stormed out with her entire party, vowing never to return (although she returned on 3 January 1956 with Prince Rainier of Monaco). The two women became close friends after the incident.[44]

When Baker was near bankruptcy, Kelly offered her a villa and financial assistance (Kelly by then was princess consort of Rainier III of Monaco). (However, during his work on the Stork Club book, author and New York Times reporter Ralph Blumenthal was contacted by Jean-Claude Baker, one of Baker's sons. Having read a Blumenthal-written story about Leonard Bernstein's FBI file, he indicated that he had read his mother's FBI file and, using comparison of the file to the tapes, said he thought the Stork Club incident was overblown.[45])

Baker worked with the NAACP.[11] Her reputation as a crusader grew to such an extent that the NAACP had Sunday, May 20, 1951 declared "Josephine Baker Day". She was presented with life membership with the NAACP by Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Ralph Bunche. The honor she was paid spurred her to further her crusading efforts with the "Save Willie McGee" rally after he was convicted of the 1948 beating death of a furniture shop owner in Trenton, New Jersey. As Baker became increasingly regarded as controversial, many blacks began to shun her, fearing that her reputation would hurt their cause.[39] In 1963, she spoke at the March on Washington at the side of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.[46]Baker was the only official female speaker. While wearing her Free French uniform emblazoned with her medal of the Légion d'honneur, she introduced the "Negro Women for Civil Rights."[47] Rosa Parks and Daisy Bates were among those she acknowledged, and both gave brief speeches.[48]

After King's assassination, his widow Coretta Scott King approached Baker in the Netherlands to ask if she would take her husband's place as leader of the Civil Rights Movement. After many days of thinking it over, Baker declined, saying her children were "too young to lose their mother".[48]

Personal life[edit]

Relationships[edit]

Baker with ten of her adopted children, 1964

Baker was married four times. Her adopted son Jean-Claude Baker described his mother as bisexual, having had relationships with men and women, including the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.[49] Her first marriage was to American Pullman porter Willie Wells when she was 13 years old. The marriage was reportedly very unhappy and the couple divorced a short time later. Another short-lived marriage followed to Willie Baker in 1921; she retained Baker's last name because her career began taking off during that time, and it was the name by which she became best known. In 1925 she began an extramarital relationship with the Belgian novelist Georges Simenon.[50]

In 1937, Baker married Frenchman Jean Lion. She became a French citizen and became a permanent expatriate. She and Lion separated in 1940. Lion died in 1957 of Spanish influenza.[citation needed] She married French composer and conductor Jo Bouillon in 1947, but their union also ended in divorce. She was later involved for a time with the artist Robert Brady, but they never married.[51][52]

Children[edit]

Baker at the Château des Milandes, 1961

During Baker's work with the Civil Rights Movement, she began adopting children, forming a family she often referred to as "The Rainbow Tribe". Baker wanted to prove that "children of different ethnicities and religions could still be brothers." She often took the children with her cross-country, and when they were at Château des Milandes, she arranged tours so visitors could walk the grounds and see how natural and happy the children in "The Rainbow Tribe" were.[53] Baker raised two daughters, French-born Marianne and Moroccan-born Stellina, and 10 sons, Korean-born Jeannot (or Janot), Japanese-born Akio, Colombian-born Luis, Finnish-born Jari (now Jarry), French-born Jean-Claude and Noël, Israeli-born Moïse, Algerian-born Brahim, Ivorian-born Koffi, and Venezuelan-born Mara.[54][55] For some time, Baker lived with her children and an enormous staff in the château in Dordogne, France, with her fourth husband, Jo Bouillon.

Later years and death[edit]

In her later years, Baker converted to Roman Catholicism.[56] In 1968, Baker lost her castle due to unpaid debts; afterwards Princess Graceoffered her an apartment in Roquebrune, near Monaco.[57]

Baker was back on stage at the Olympia in Paris in 1968, in Belgrade in 1973, at Carnegie Hall in 1973, at the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium in 1974, and at the Gala du Cirque in Paris in 1974. On 8 April 1975, Baker starred in a retrospective revue at the Bobino in Paris, Joséphine à Bobino 1975, celebrating her 50 years in show business. The revue, financed notably by Prince Rainier, Princess Grace, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, opened to rave reviews. Demand for seating was such that fold-out chairs had to be added to accommodate spectators. The opening night audience included Sophia LorenMick JaggerShirley BasseyDiana Ross, and Liza Minnelli.[58]

Four days later, Baker was found lying peacefully in her bed surrounded by newspapers with glowing reviews of her performance. She was in a coma after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. She was taken to Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, where she died, aged 68, on 12 April 1975.[58][59]

She received a full Roman Catholic funeral that was held at L'Église de la Madeleine.[56][60][61] The only American-born woman to receive full French military honors at her funeral, Baker's funeral was the occasion of a huge procession. After a family service at Saint-Charles Church in Monte Carlo,[62] Baker was interred at Monaco's Cimetière de Monaco.[58]

Legacy[edit]

Baker dancing the Charleston, 1926

Place Joséphine Baker in the Montparnasse Quarterof Paris was named in her honor. She has also been inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame,[63] and on 29 March 1995, into the Hall of Famous Missourians.[64] In 2015 she was inducted into the Legacy Walk.[65] The Piscine Joséphine Baker is a swimming pool along the banks of the Seine in Paris named for her.

Writing in the on-line BBC magazine in late 2014, Darren Royston, historical dance teacher at RADA credited Baker with being the Beyoncé of her day, and bringing the Charleston to Britain.[66]

Two of Baker's sons, Jean-Claude and Jarry (Jari), grew up to go into business together, running the restaurant Chez Josephine on Theatre Row, 42nd StreetNew York City. It celebrates Baker's life and works.[67]

Château des Milandes which she rented from 1940 before purchasing in 1947.

Château des Milandes, a castle near Sarlat in the Dordogne, was Baker's home where she raised her twelve children. It is open to the public and displays her stage outfits including her banana skirt (of which there are apparently several). It also displays many family photographs and documents as well as her Legion of Honourmedal. Most rooms are open for the public to walk through including bedrooms with the cots where her children slept, a huge kitchen, and a dining room where she often entertained large groups. The bathrooms were designed in art deco style but most rooms retained the French chateau style.[citation needed]

Baker continued to influence celebrities more than a century after her birth. In a 2003 interview with USA TodayAngelina Jolie cited Baker as "a model for the multiracial, mulitnational family she was beginning to create through adoption".[68] Beyoncé performed Baker's banana dance at the Fashion Rocks concert at Radio City Music Hall in September 2006.[68]

Writing on the 110 anniversary of her birth, Vogue described how her 1926 "danse sauvage" in her famous banana skirt "brilliantly manipulated the white male imagination" and "radically redefined notions of race and gender through style and performance in a way that continues to echo throughout fashion and music today, from Prada to Beyoncé."[69]

Portrayals[edit]

  • Baker appears in her role as a member of the French Resistance in Johannes Mario Simmel's 1960 novel, Es muss nicht immer Kaviar sein (C'est pas toujours du caviar).[70]
  • A character loosely based on Baker is featured in an episode of Hogan's Heroes titled "Is General Hammerschlag Burning?", which originally aired on 18 November 1967. The character, Kumasa (played by Barbara McNair), is a chanteuse based in Paris. She later reveals herself to be Carol Dukes, a high-school classmate of Sergeant James Kinchloe (Ivan Dixon), on whom she had a secret crush.
  • The Italian-Belgian francophone singer composer Salvatore Adamopays tribute to Baker with the song "Noël Sur Les Milandes" (album Petit Bonheur – EMI 1970).
  • Diana Ross portrayed Baker in both her Tony Award-winning Broadway and television show An Evening with Diana Ross. When the show was made into an NBC television special entitled The Big Event: An Evening with Diana Ross, Ross again portrayed Baker.[71][72]
  • A German submariner mimics Baker's Danse banane in the 1981 film Das Boot.[73]
  • In 1986, Helen Gelzer[74] portrayed Baker on the London stage for a limited run in the musical Josephine - "a musical version of the life and times of Josephine Baker" with book, lyrics and music by Michael Wild.[75] The show was produced by Baker’s longtime friend Jack Hocket in conjunction with Premier Box-Office and the musical director was Paul Maguire. Gelzer also recorded a studio cast album titled Josephine.
  • In 1991, Baker's life story, The Josephine Baker Story, was broadcast on HBOLynn Whitfield portrayed Baker, and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special—becoming the first Black actress to win the award in this category.[76]
  • Artist Hassan Musa depicted Baker in a 1994 series of paintings called Who needs Bananas?[77]
  • In the 1997 animated film Anastasia, Baker appears with her cheetah during the musical number "Paris Holds the Key (to Your Heart)".[78][79]
  • In 2002, played by Karine Plantadit in Frida.[80][81]
  • A character based on Baker (topless, wearing the famous "banana skirt") appears in the opening sequence of the 2003 animated film Les Triplettes de Belleville.[82]
  • The 2004 erotic novel Scandalous by British author Angela Campion uses Baker as its heroine and is inspired by Baker's sexual exploits and later adventures in the French Resistance. In the novel, Baker, working with a fictional black Canadian lover named Drummer Thompson, foils a plot by French fascists in 1936 Paris.[83]
  • Her influence upon and assistance with the careers of husband and wife dancers Carmen De Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder are discussed and illustrated in rare footage in the 2005 Linda Atkinson/Nick Doob documentaryCarmen and Geoffrey.[84][85]
  • Beyoncé has portrayed Baker on various occasions. During the 2006 Fashion Rocks show, Knowles performed "Dejá Vu" in a revised version of the Danse banane costume. In Knowles's video for "Naughty Girl", she is seen dancing in a huge champagne glass à La Baker. In I Am... Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas, Beyonce lists Baker as an influence of a section of her live show.[86]
  • In 2006, Jérôme Savary produced a musical, A La Recherche de Josephine – New Orleans for Ever (Looking for Josephine). The story revolved around the history of jazz and Baker's career.[87][88]
  • In 2010, Keri Hilson portrayed Baker in her single "Pretty Girl Rock".[89]
  • In 2011, Sonia Rolland portrayed Baker in the film Midnight in Paris.[90][91]
  • Baker was heavily featured in the 2012 book Josephine's Incredible Shoe & The Blackpearls by Peggi Eve Anderson-Randolph.[92]
  • In July 2012, Cheryl Howard opened in The Sensational Josephine Baker, written and performed by Howard and directed by Ian Streicherat the Beckett Theatre of Theatre Row on 42nd Street in New York City, just a few doors away from Chez Josephine.[93][94]
  • In July 2013, Cush Jumbo's debut play Josephine and I premieres at the Bush Theatre, London[95] It was re-produced in New York City at The Public Theater's Joe's Pub from 27 February to 5 April 2015.[96]
  • In February 2017, Tiffany Daniels portrayed Baker in the Timelesstelevision episode, "The Lost Generation".[97]
  • In late February 2017 a new play about Baker's later years "The Last Night of Josephine Baker" by playwright Vincent Victoria opens in Houston, Texas starring Erica Young.

Film credits[edit]


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