Jean-Claude Baker

Jean-Claude Baker

Born Apr 18, 1943

Jean-Claude Baker, born Jean-Claude Julien Léon Tronville in Dijon, France, is an American restaurateur. He met the American-born French entertainer Josephine Baker when he was working as a bellhop in Paris, at the age of fourteen, in 1958. He then became the last of twelve children adopted into Baker's Rainbow Family. He first came to the United States on Josephine Baker's final American tour in 1973.… Read More

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  • Still Kicking Up Her Heels On 42nd Street
    NYTimes - Apr 27, 2009
  • Spare Times
    NYTimes - Feb 06, 2009
  • Strike Darkens Theaters And The Moods Of Many Tourists
    NYTimes - Nov 11, 2007
  • Evening Hours; Summer In Swing
    NYTimes - Jun 24, 2007


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1943 Birth Born in 1943.


1958 15 Years Old He met U.S.-born French entertainer Josephine Baker while he was working as a bellhop in Paris at the age of fourteen in 1958. … Read More


1994 51 Years Old 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".


2015 72 Years Old Jean-Claude Baker died at his home in East Hampton, New York on January 15, 2015, of an apparent suicide. … Read More
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