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The Josephine Baker Story
Lynn Whitfield




Overview -
This award-winning HBO original tells the story of Josephine Baker (a spectacular Lynn Whitfield), the 1920s black entertainer who had a turbulent showbiz career. Beginning with Josephine's birth into poverty in St. Louis, director Brian Gibson's film follows her escape to the vaudeville circuit, which takes her to Paris, where she meets her first husband and becomes notorious for her seminude banana dance. The film chronicles Baker's very rocky love life, her career downturns, her "rainbow family" of adopted children, and the racism--and rejection--she endured upon her return to America. As she finally achieves international stardom, she faces tragic events that threaten to overwhelm her. The outstanding cast includes Ruben Blades, Louis Gossett Jr., David Dukes, and Craig T. Nelson.

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Overview

This award-winning HBO original tells the story of Josephine Baker (a spectacular Lynn Whitfield), the 1920s black entertainer who had a turbulent showbiz career. Beginning with Josephine's birth into poverty in St. Louis, director Brian Gibson's film follows her escape to the vaudeville circuit, which takes her to Paris, where she meets her first husband and becomes notorious for her seminude banana dance. The film chronicles Baker's very rocky love life, her career downturns, her "rainbow family" of adopted children, and the racism--and rejection--she endured upon her return to America. As she finally achieves international stardom, she faces tragic events that threaten to overwhelm her. The outstanding cast includes Ruben Blades, Louis Gossett Jr., David Dukes, and Craig T. Nelson.

Main Cast & Crew

Brian Gibson - Director
Lynn Whitfield
Ruben Blades
David Dukes
Louis Gossett Jr.
Craig T. Nelson
Kene Holliday
Vivian Bonnell

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 129
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 026359057120
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: June 2001

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas
Movies > Biography

Related Keywords:
True Story
Tragedy
Music (General)
Vaudeville

 

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Notes:
Filmed entirely on location in Budapest. During filming, actress Lynn Whitfield and director Brian Gibson fell in love and married. However, they are now divorced. Carol Dennis dubbed Lynn Whitfield's singing voice.

Reviews:
"...This breathlessly paced 131-minute drama conveys the star's humor and carnality..." - 06/22/2001 USA Today, p.7E

 

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