The Josephine Baker Story
|The Josephine Baker Story|
|Directed by||Brian Gibson|
|Written by||Ron Hutchinson
Craig T. Nelson
Louis Gossett, Jr.
|Music by||Georges Delerue|
|Release dates||March 16, 1991|
|Running time||130 minutes|
The Josephine Baker Story is a 1991 made-for-TV film that debuted on cable television network HBO. The film told the life of that of Josephine Baker, an African-American, who rose to popularity in France in the late-1920s with her "banana dance". In this dance, Baker wore only bananas on her bottom and went topless during most performances. Unlike most biographical films, The Josephine Baker Story deeply enters the personal life of Baker, rather than just her life in the public eye.
The film starred Lynn Whitfield (in the lead), Rubén Blades, and David Dukes; along with Louis Gossett, Jr., Craig T. Nelson, Kene Holliday, Vivian Bonnell, and Vivienne Eytle. The original music score was composed by Georges Delerue. The film was nominated for several awards.
- Lynn Whitfield as Josephine Baker
- Rubén Blades as Count Giuseppe Pepito Abatino
- David Dukes as Jo Bouillon
- Louis Gossett, Jr. as Sidney Williams
- Craig T. Nelson as Walter Winchell
- Kene Holliday as Sidney Bechet
- Vivian Bonnell as Josephine's mother
- Vivienne Eytle as Josephine's sister