24 April 2012

Josephine Baker at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

This sculpture at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is of Josephine Baker the legendary singer, dancer and amazing woman who adopted 12 children - her Rainbow Tribe.  Later in life, a life that was beyond extraordinary, she was offered life-long accommodation at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin by Princess Grace of Monaco. Do click on the link above to read about this black woman, born in St. Louis, Missouri and who is buried in the cemetery in Monaco.

The sculptor is Paul Pacotto.

Click below to see Josephine Baker performing her celebrated banana dance at the Folies Bergères in 1927. 


A Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, cette sculpture représente Joséphine Baker, la  chanteuse/danseuse légendaire, et femme exceptionnelle qui a adopté 12 enfants - sa Tribu-Arc en ciel. A la fin de sa vie, une vie qui était plus qu' extraordinaire, la Princesse Grace de Monaco lui offrit une hospitalité permanente à Roquebrune -Cap-Martin.  Cliquez sur le lien ci-dessus pour en savoir plus sur cette femme noire, née à St. Louis, Missouri, et qui est enterrée au cimetière de Monaco.

Le sculpteur est Paul Pacotto.

Cliquez ci-dessous pour voir Joséphine Baker interprétant sa célèbre danse de la banane aux Folies Bergères en 1927.


  1. that top one is a stunning image, jilly!

  2. She was a legend in her own time. Brattcat is correct about your top photo.

  3. I think it was HBO that did a movie of her life many years ago. It is gratifying that she found such a hospitable environment for her in France.

  4. The Wikipedia link is really interesting, Jilly, thank you. She loved France and France loved her right back.

  5. Thank you so much for all the Josephine Baker photos and info. Just finished reading The Hungry Heart written by her French "adopted" son Jean Claude Baker.

  6. Sharp silhouette shapes against a shimmering sea - Jilly that's a really cool shot !


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