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BAKER, JOSEPHINE (1906-75)

Price: $750.00

Description:
American-born French dancer, singer and actress. Her career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adopted France. She was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture, the 1927 silent film Siren of the Tropics, directed by Mario Nalpas and Henri Étiévant.

ISP – Inscribed Signed Photograph: Stunning 8″X10″ silver gelatin glossy publicity still dedicated to Sunny Templeton 1940. This is a Murray Korman, NYC image. One of the nicest such Josephine Baker photographs we have ever offered!

Vintage double weight publicity photograph of Josephine Baker from the 1936 Ziegfeld Follies musical revue with lyrics written by Ira Gershwin and music by Vernon Duke, starring Fanny Brice, Bob Hope, Eve Arden, and Josephine Baker among others. The show opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on January 30th 1936 and ran for 115 performances closing on May 9th with a return on September 14th of that year for another 112 performances, closing on December 19th. This stunning image is professionally double-matted and framed under museum conservation glass and burnished gilt silver wood frame.

MURRAY KORMAN (1902-61) was an American publicity photographer. He made his reputation in New York City as a “Hollywood style high key high gloss glamour” photographer whose clients ranged from showgirls to famous entertainers to members of “cafe society”. Mr. Korman photographed Josephine Baker numerous times between the 1920s-60s.

Mme. Baker aided the French Resistance during World War II. After the war, she was awarded the Resistance Medal by the French Committee of National Liberation, the Croix de Guerre by the French military, and was named a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur by General Charles de Gaulle. Baker sang: “I have two loves, my country and Paris.”
Baker refused to perform for segregated audiences in the US and is noted for her contributions to the civil rights movement. In 1968, she was offered unofficial leadership in the movement in the United States by Coretta Scott King, following Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. After thinking it over, Baker declined the offer out of country.

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