The most charismatic of performers, singer, dancer and actress Josephine Baker (1906-1975) exploded on the Paris stage in 1925 and overnight re-defined the public perception of African-Americans. "She showed that black was beautiful," wrote the New Yorker's Janet Flanner, and Ernest Hemingway called her "the most sensational woman anybody ever saw."
In 1947, Josephine embarked on her greatest challenge - to form a "rainbow tribe" of children from all races, housing them in a fairytale chateau called Les Milandes. Her plan failed. In 1968, Les Milandes was sold for taxes and the family and her possessions dispersed. Only the generosity of Princess Grace of Monaco ensured that one of the most spectacular stars of her time had a home during the last years of her career.
Now you can share in the life of this remarkable woman.
A VISIT WITH JOSEPHINE BAKER includes:
- Coffee, tea or an aperitif served on silverware from the chateau of Les Milandes.
- Introductory talk on Baker, her life and achievements, illustrated with photographs, magazines, programmes etc, documenting her often extravagant life-style.
- Screening of rare films showing Josephine on stage and in films.
- Complimentary booklet reproducing some of the rarest items of memorabilia.
A VISIT WITH JOSEPHINE BAKER lasts two hours. Cost, including coffee, tea, aperitif, snacks etc: €100 per person. Times by arrangement.