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 French entertainer Josephine Baker while he was working as a bellhop in Paris at the age of fourteen.[2] While he aggrandized Baker and worked with her later in life, he was not officially one of the Rainbow Tribe 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[4] He was 71.



  1. ^ Photo Flashback: Remembering Jean-Claude Baker
  2. ^ a b c Loud, Lance, "Mommie Gayest", The Advocate, March 22, 1994.
  3. ^ New York Daily News coverage of Jean-Claude Baker,[dead link] May 6, 1999
  4. ^ Jean-Claude Baker Dies at 71; Restaurateur Honored a Chanteuse

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