Photo Coverage: Josephine Baker's 100th Birthday Party
Jean-Claude Baker co-hosted the lunch with Alan Cumming, Jim Dale, Marian Seldes, Jane Powell, Dick Moore and Joyce Randolph.
After appearing as a chorus girl on the St. Louis and New York stage, Baker moved to Paris and quickly found the sensational success that had eluded her in America. Dancing at the Folies Bergere with her famous banana dance, making films such as Princess Tam-Tam and flouting her scandalous love life, she stepped over both racial and sexual barriers to become an icon. Baker became a French citizen in 1937 and was not welcomed back in her own country during the McCarthy Era. Although financial difficulties caused her stop performing in the '60s, she performed in New York for a week in An Evening with Josephine Baker in 1974. She had just begun a Paris revue celebrating her half-century on the stage, when on April 10 she was stricken and went into a coma. Her funeral was held in Paris, and she was buried in Monaco.
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