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Jean-Claude Julien Léon Bouillon-Baker (Tronville)

Birthplace: Dijon, Côte-d'Or, Bourgogne Franche-Comté, France
Death: January 15, 2015 (71)
East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Biological son of NN Tronville and Josette Tronville
Adopted son of Jo Bouillon and Josephine Baker
Brother of Private; Private; Private; Private; Private and 7 others

Occupation: French-American restaurateur.
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About Jean-Claude Baker

Jean-Claude Baker (April 18, 1943 – January 15, 2015) was a French-American restaurateur.

His baroque life was fodder for countless writers. He was born 'Jean-Claude Julien Léon Tronville to unwed parents in Dijon in 1943 and at 14, working as a bellhop, set out for Paris, encountering Josephine Baker, an entertainer, activist, and French Resistance agent.

Baker mothered the young man as an unofficial addition to the 12 adopted children of her orphan "rainbow tribe".

He, in turn, as a budding showman of his own, fostered her twilight career, took her name and wrote, with Chris Chase, a biography, Josephine: the Hungry Heart. Baker promised his vast archive on early African-American entertainment to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

In 1993, he co-authored with Chris Chase a biography of Josephine Baker, Josephine: The Hungry Heart, described as a "shocking look into the star's seriously whitewashed past".

Baker died at his home in East Hampton, New York on January 15, 2015, aged 71.

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Jean-Claude Baker's Timeline

April 18, 1943
Dijon, Côte-d'Or, Bourgogne Franche-Comté, France
January 15, 2015
Age 71
East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York, United States