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The Josephine Baker Story (1991)
The Josephine Baker Story is a 1991 made-for-TV film that debuted on the Television Broadcasting System, HBO. The film told the life of that of Josephine Baker, an African-American, who rose to popularity in France in the late-1920s with her "banana dance". In this dance, Baker wore only bananas on her bottom and went topless, during most performances. Unlike most biographical films, The Josephine Baker Story deeply enters the personal life of Baker; rather than just her life in the public eye. The film starred Lynn Whitfield (in the lead), Rubén Blades, and David Dukes; along with Louis Gossett, Jr., Craig T. Nelson, Kene Holliday, Vivian Bonnell, and Vivienne Eytle. The original music score was composed by Georges Delerue. The film was nominated several awards, and lives on in today's world.