Jean-Claude Baker

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Jean-Claude Baker (born Jean-Claude Julien Léon Tronville, April 18, 1943 – January 15, 2015)[1] was a French-American restaurateur.

Baker was born in Dijon, France. He met U.S.-born French entertainer Josephine Baker while he was working as a bellhop in Paris at the age of fourteen.[2] He was not officially one of the Rainbow Tribe, he came to Baker later in life. While he aggrandized Baker, he was not one of the Rainbow children.[2][3]

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".[2]

Baker died at his home in East Hampton, New York on January 15, 2015, of an apparent suicide.[4] He was 71.