Josephine: The Hungry Heart

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 532 pages
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Based on twenty years of research and thousands of interviews, this authoritative biography of performer Josephine Baker (1906-1975) provides a candid look at her tempestuous life. Born into poverty in St. Louis, the uninhibited chorus girl became the sensation of Europe and the last century's first black sex symbol. A heroine of the French Resistance in World War II, she entranced figures as diverse as de Gaulle, Tito, Castro, Princess Grace, two popes, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Yet Josephine was also, as one critic put it, "a monster who made Joan Crawford look like the Virgin Mary." Jean-Claude Baker's book also reveals her outbursts that resulted in lasting feuds, her imperious treatment of family and entourage members, and her ambivalent attitudes concerning her ethnic background. Reconciling Josephine's many personas Jazz-age icon, national hero of France, proponent of Civil Rights, mother of children from across the globe Josephine: The Hungry Heart gives readers the inside story on a star unlike any other before or since."
 

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Latest and perhaps best of several recent bios of Josephine Baker (e.g., Phyllis Rose's Jazz Cleopatra, 1989)—this one by the performer's semiadopted/fully discarded son (owner of a Manhattan ... Read full review

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Nearly two decades after her death, the legend of Josephine Baker continues to flourish. Subject of a number of books and recent films, "the most successful music hall performer ever to take the stage ... Read full review

Contents

Paris October 1925 All Hell Breaks Loose
3
Terror Before the Opening
8
Elvira Carrie the Beginnings
12
Childhood in St Louis
23
Race Riots and Tumpy Leaves Town
29
Josephine Marries at Thirteen
35
Life on the TOBA Circuit
41
Josephine Tries Marriage for the Second Time
46
Arabian Nights
238
Rediscovering Her Race
249
Josephine Heroine of the Resistance
261
Josephine Dumps a Millionaire for a Bandleader
273
Breaking the Color Bar in Miami
291
The Feud with Walter Winchell
305
A Career Collapses a Universal Mother is Born
316
Life is a Cabaret at Les Milandes
327

On the Road with Shuffle Along
56
You Can Go Home Again If You Dont Stay There
67
In Bamville or The Chocolate Dandies
73
Summer of 25 Heat and Harlem Nights
80
Mrs Reagan Comes to Harlem
89
A Shipboard Romance and Hello Paris
99
Josephine Checks out Poets Painters Waiters
104
The Good Times Roll
110
Josephine Betrays a Friend
123
The FoliesBergère Everyone Goes Bananas
132
Enter Pepito
141
Condemned by Church and State
155
Sex and the Sort Of Married Woman
166
A Star of the Ziegfeld Follies
179
Bad Times in Harlem
189
Trashed by Critics Envied by Peers
202
Another Husband More Lovers and Sex Sex Sex
210
Josephine Goes to War
224
More Comebacks More Babies More Losses
342
Twenty Lawsuits and the Legion of Honor
359
The March on Washington and the Death of JFK
370
Uncle Fidel and Last Gasps at Les Milandes
383
Down and Almost Out in Paris
397
Princess Grace to the Rescue
404
Maman is Tough on the Kids and Herself
414
A Plan to Make Three Million Dollars in America
431
Josephine Marries In Spirit and Wrecks a Tour
447
Josephine is Sick but Wont Admit It
466
Going Out in a Blaze of Glory
477
An Open Letter to My Second Mother
493
Appendix 1
501
Appendix 2
503
Bibliography
505
Index
513
About the Author
533
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About the author (1993)

Jean-Claude Baker spent years with his "second mother" Josephine Baker and her family on tour in Europe and America. Currently owner of the restaurant Chez Josephine, he lives in New York City. Chris Chase also lives in New York City.

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