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Paula Patton to Star In and Produce Josephine Baker Drama Based on ‘Last Dance’ Novel

Paula Patton to star in and produce Josephine Baker biopic

*Paula Patton has optioned film and television rights to Sherry Jones’ biographical novel “Josephine Baker’s Last Dance.”

The actress will reportedly star in and produce an adaptation about the jazz age icon from St. Louis who become a star in Europe. Baker also was an actress, dancer, Civil Rights activist, and member of the French Resistance during WWII, per Billboard.

“Josephine Baker had an incredible life and was a remarkable woman,” Patton in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s been a childhood dream of mine to play such an inspirational person and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to tell her story.”

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Jones’ biographical novel was published in December 2018 by Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books.

When asked back in March why was it important for her to write “Last Dance,” Jones explained:

I hope this book adds to the conversation that we are currently having in America about race.

Josephine Baker, like the protagonists of all my novels, was a woman who found her inner power and used it to make a positive difference in the world. Raised in poverty and abuse, she became a star of the stage and screen at a young age before dedicating her life to fighting racism. She worked as a spy for the French Resistance during World War II, risking her life many times, and became an outspoken anti-segregationist in the United States during her tour of the country in 1951, before the civil rights movement even began. She succeeded in getting many whites-only theaters, nightclubs, hotels, restaurants, and other venues to integrate. I found her inspirational, and knew that others would, too.

A search for writers to adapt the material for Patton’s project is underway.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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