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'The Josephine Baker Story'

September 28, 1997|Kevin Thomas

This 1991 HBO production has has given the legendary entertainer--the rage of '20s Paris, French Resistance heroine, civil rights activist--the royal treatment she so richly deserves. It is highlighted by a knockout portrayal of the complex, sometimes controversial but always heroic Baker by a perfectly cast Lynn Whitfield (pictured), whose ability to bring the durable entertainer to life and span tumultuous decades is nothing short of remarkable (HBO Sunday at 8 p.m.).

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