Photo Flashback: Remembering Jean-Claude Baker

As BroadwayWorld reported last week, Jean-Claude Baker, cable-television pioneer, biographer, historian and internationally known restaurateur of Theatre District hotspot Chez Josephine, died on January 15, 2015. He was 71. His death was a suicide. BroadwayWorld remembers Baker below.

Chez Josephine is a French restaurant that is well-known amongst the Broadway community and was referred to as a "cocktail of human beings" by Baker.

Mr. Baker achieved international recognition as the owner and ebullient host of Chez Josephine, a restaurant on New York City's Theater Row. It was named for his adoptive mother, Josephine Baker, the American performer who became a superstar in Paris in the 1920's.

Mr. Baker was born in France and left as a young man to go to Liverpool and then West Berlin, where he opened a nightclub in the 1960's that became a sensation, drawing the kind of clientele that Studio 54 did in New York.

A Requiem Mass will take place at Holy Cross Church on West 42nd Street in late January. A memorial service will be held in the spring, on a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity Autism Speaks are requested (www.autismspeaks.org).

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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Photo Flashback: Remembering Jean-Claude Baker
Jean-Claude Baker attending the opening night performance of PONIES at Studio Dante Theatre in New York City. October 14, 2004

Photo Flashback: Remembering Jean-Claude Baker
Jean-Claude Baker & Lauren Bacall attending "First Readings: A Benefit for Studio Dante" with a Tribute to the Legendary Lauren Bacall at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. March 31, 2008.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Jean-Claude Baker
Jean-Claude Baker & Lauren Bacall attending "First Readings: A Benefit for Studio Dante" with a Tribute to the Legendary Lauren Bacall at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. March 31, 2008.

Photo Flashback: Remembering Jean-Claude Baker
Jean Claude Baker attending the opening night performance of PONIES at Studio Dante Theatre in New York City. October 14, 2004

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