He met U.S.-born French entertainer Josephine Baker while he was working as a bellhop in Paris at the age of fourteen in 1958. He became the last of twelve children adopted into Baker's Rainbow Family.
In 1994 he co-authored a biography of Josephine Baker, Josephine: The Hungry Heart, described as a "shocking look into the star's seriously whitewashed past".
- Profile, observer.com
- Loud, Lance, "Mommie Gayest", The Advocate, March 22, 1994.
- New York Times coverage of Jean-Claude Baker, May 11, 2000.
- New York Daily News coverage of Jean-Claude Baker, May 6, 1999
- Loud, Lance (March 1994). "Mommie gayest". The Advocate: 69.
- New York Times obituary
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