The Josephine Baker Story

The Josephine Baker Story From her personal life deprived childhood in racist St Louis her early marriages and her adoption of twelve children to her remarkable professional life her move to Harlem aged and into the chorus

  • Title: The Josephine Baker Story
  • Author: Ean Wood
  • ISBN: 9781860743948
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Paperback
  • From her personal life deprived childhood in racist St Louis, her early marriages and her adoption of twelve children to her remarkable professional life her move to Harlem aged 15 and into the chorus of Shuffle Along, her huge success on Broadway and her move to Paris in the 1920s.

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    1. Possibly the worst sentences in the book are the last two, which I will now quote: "She brought a lot of joy and excitement to a lot of people. She was a Star." So yeah, the writing is not stellar. Also, I was completely turned off any interest in Josephine Baker herself based on the awful things she did late in life (go way into debt and have the audacity to get her rich friends to pay them off for her, collect children as if completing a set--here's the black one, here's the Jew, here's the In [...]

    2. Well it was an all right book. Never quite sure how much of her own fiction came into play for actuality and what wasn't entirely. However, it doesn't really matter. A good yarn is a good yarn no matter how it is laid out. The Josephine Baker Story is a good yarn. Mind you it would be well deserved that the role she played in human rights was more publicised than it is. She was a remarkable woman, she lived in extraordinary times, that was a mixture of madness in harshness and exhilaration. The [...]

    3. This is one of the best of the many Josephine Baker biographies I've read in researching my forthcoming novel about her. However, the author gets her name wrong off the bat -- it wasn't Josephine Freda MacDonald, but Freda Josephine McDonald. Yet Ean Wood has done a fine job of synthesizing the other biographies into a single narrative, complete with exact dates of important events and detailed descriptions of Josephine's shows.

    4. I knew Josephine Baker when I was a child. She was (and is) my hero. I HAD to read this book. It is interesting and well written, but I missed details and more aspects of her personality. Maybe I read it with wrong expectations.

    5. I am really enjoyed the book. I'm not sure how much of it was actually true but if nothing else, the woman wanted to give LOVE.

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