Josephine Baker in her dressing room by Luis Ramon Marin (1930)

Tuesday: 4 of 6

Josephine Baker in 1928.

Monday: 6 of 6

Josephine Baker. She was a very beautiful and charismatic woman.

Frauen in schwarz und weiß: 6 of 6

Josephine Baker (1933)

Sunday: 2 of 6

Josephine Baker c. 1933.

My one criticism of Midnight in Paris was the Baker character was only referenced fleetingly.

Wait, I have another criticism that just occurred to me. The end where he meets Gabrielle played by Léa Seydoux (with a golden glow around her hair) on the bridge? You know, where she says she doesn’t mind walking in the rain. With hair like that, in real life she would hate to get it wet in the rain.

Yes, I am not in a romantic mood at the moment. When I am in a romantic mood, Midnight in Paris is flawless and I imagine running away with Marion Cotillard or Léa Seydoux. Can never decide which as they both have their attractions.

Thursday:1 of 6 – Kulturschlag

Josephine Baker was a dancer, singer, and actress who found fame in her adopted homeland of France. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she renounced her American citizenship in 1937 to become French. She was given such nicknames as the “Bronze Venus”, the “Black Pearl”, and the “Créole Goddess”.
Baker had 12 children through adoption. She bore only one child herself, stillborn in 1941, an incident which precipitated an emergency hysterectomy.
Bisexual, she was involved in numerous lesbian affairs, both while she was single and married (she was married 4 times). Among her many female lovers were Colette and Frida Kahlo.
Baker died in 1975 and was the first American woman to receive full French military honours at her funeral. The funeral locked up the streets of Paris one last time. Her grave is at the Cimetière de Monaco in Monte Carlo.
Sonia Rolland portrayed Baker in the film Midnight in Paris.


Sleepy Sunday:4 of 8 – Kulturschlag

The wonderful, influential and enigmatic Frida Kahlo when, as a teenager, she used to dress as a boy to shock her family. As a girl, she also participated in boxing and other sports. She was clearly bisexual and had an affair with Josephine Baker.


 Umberto Brunelleschi was an Italian artist and illustrator. In the 1920s he diversified into set and costume designs for the Folies Bergère, the Casino de Paris, the Théâtre du Châtelet and theaters in New York, Germany, and in his native country. In Italy, he worked for Opera Houses such as La Scala in Milan, and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence. He created costumes for Josephine Baker. He died in 1949.

Grace Kelly remains such a fashion and beauty icon. In 1951, the newly famous Kelly took a bold stand against a racist incident involving black American expatriate singer/dancer Josephine Baker, when Stork Club in New York refused Baker as a customer. Kelly, who was dining at the club when this happened, rushed over to Baker (whom she had never met), took her by the arm, and stormed out with her entire party, vowing never to return (and she never did). The two women became close friends after that night.