Jean-Claude Baker

American restaurateur Jean-Claude Baker

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.
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Still Kicking Up Her Heels on 42nd Street
NYTimes - almost 9 years
President Woodrow Wilson waved at her. Babe Ruth autographed a baseball for her. George Gershwin -- ''a nice young man'' -- improvised at her family's piano. Charles Lindbergh dropped by for Sunday ''tea'' -- actually Prohibition cocktails. Funny, the things you remember when you're 105 years old and the last surviving Ziegfeld Girl. But life is
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Spare Times
NYTimes - about 9 years
Information about events to be considered for inclusion in Spare Times can be sent to 'LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE' There is this great little portable device that stores heaps of text, allows the user to summon any image imaginable and does not require significant technical expertise to operate. It's called a good book, and
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Strike Darkens Theaters and the Moods of Many Tourists
NYTimes - over 10 years
As if the Grinch really had stolen Christmas, children cried and parents were crestfallen. Confusion, surprise and anger played at box offices, and dispossessed theatergoers shared the sidewalks with grim pickets yesterday as the stagehands' strike shut down most of Broadway's plays and musicals. Up and down the Great White Way, and in the side
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Evening Hours; Summer in Swing
NYTimes - over 10 years
June 18: The New York Public Library held its annual corporate dinner at its main branch on Fifth Avenue. The evening, which honored Stephen Schwarzman, was attended by 400 guests and raised $2.2 million. 1. STEPHEN SCHWARZMAN, left, and JIMMY LEE. 2. From left, JON CHAIT, PAUL LECLERC, president of the New York Public Library, and DAVID OFFENSEND.
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ABOUT NEW YORK; Josephine Baker Unfit for the Mail? (It Wasn't Even a French Postcard)
NYTimes - almost 11 years
On the endless march toward liberty and justice for all, a new cause has joined the parade: postcards featuring the breasts -- clad, unclad, and pretty much clad -- of Josephine Baker, famous long ago and dead these many years. Still, however, haunting the United States Postal Service. ''Every year, I send exquisite, exquisite, postcards of
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For TV's Trixie,The Honeymoon Lives On
NYTimes - about 11 years
It is 5:01 p.m. and Joyce Randolph, a k a Trixie Norton, is holding forth in the downstairs bar at Sardi's, sipping her favorite formulation of the White Cadillac, Dewar's and milk. ''I think it does your stomach good,'' she is saying. ''The Scotch. The milk.'' Before her, flanking the silver Rolex clock above the bar, are the four caricatures of
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NYTimes - over 11 years
Following the Food Chain A panel discussion moderated by the food consultant Clark Wolf about how food is produced and then transported to the consumer will be held tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library of New York University, third floor, 70 Washington Square South (Thompson Street). Admission is free. Reservations: (212) 992-9018.
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36 HOURS; On Broadway
NYTimes - over 11 years
THE first thing is to ditch the cellphone. This is a theater expedition, and the cellphone is the mortal enemy of the theater. Being at a play means that you have agreed to enter an alternate reality that has nothing to do with Tuesday's squash date or next week's lineup of baby-sitters. Aural reminders of the world you left behind, whether they
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The Listings: Feb. 17 - Feb. 23
NYTimes - about 12 years
Selective listings by critics of The New York Times of new and noteworthy cultural events in the New York metropolitan region this week. * denotes a highly recommended film, concert, show or exhibition. Theater Approximate running times are in parentheses. Theaters are in Manhattan unless otherwise noted. Full reviews of current shows, additional
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jean-Claude Baker
  • 2015
    Age 71
    Jean-Claude Baker died at his home in East Hampton, New York on January 15, 2015, of an apparent suicide.
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  • 1994
    Age 50
    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".
  • 1958
    Age 14
    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.
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  • 1943
    Born in 1943.
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