The Josephine Baker Story Poster

Release Date: 1991

DVD Release Date: June 5th, 2001

R|2 hr 10 min

Plot Summary
Born into a poor family in St. Louis, Josephine Baker (Lynn Whitfield) struggles to make a name for herself on the vaudeville circuit. As her career progresses, so does her resentment of racial prejudice, motivating her to move to Paris -- where in a short time, her exotic dance routines make her the toast of the town. Swayed by the influence of her manager (Ruben Blades), she takes the act back to America. It fails, but Josephine perseveres, proving herself as much humanitarian as entertainer.

Cast: Lynn Whitfield, Rubén Blades, David Dukes, Louis Gossett Jr., Craig T. Nelson, Kene Holliday, Vivian Bonnell

Director: Brian Gibson

Genres: Biography

Keywords: Transformation, Inspiring, Love interest, Underdog, 1930s, New York City, Moving, Rise

Awards

Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Winner Best Performance by An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Winner Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie