Josephine Baker, Frida Kahlo & Trotsky

4 Feb

directly from wikipedia, because i find it interesting that she had a relationship with Frida Kahlo…

Personal life

There is evidence to suggest that she was bisexual. One of her adopted sons, Jean-Claude Baker, writing in his book Josephine: The Hungry Heart, states that she was involved in numerous lesbian affairs, both while she was single and married, and mentions six of her female lovers by name. Clara Smith, Evelyn Sheppard, Bessie Allison, Ada “Bricktop” Smith, and Mildred Smallwood were all African-American women she met while touring on the black performing circuit early in her career. She was also involved with the writer Colette, and possibly with Caroline Dudley Reagan, who ran the Paris extravaganza La Revue Nègre.

Not mentioned, but confirmed since, was her affair with Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.[18] Baker wrote that affairs with women were not uncommon with Josephine throughout her lifetime.[19][20]

Jean-Claude Baker interviewed over 2,000 people while writing his book. He was quoted in one interview as saying,

“She was what today you would call bisexual, and I will tell you why. Forget that I am her son, I am also a historian. You have to put her back into the context of the time in which she lived. In those days, Chorus Girls were abused by the white or black producers and by the leading men if he liked girls. But they could not sleep together because there were not enough hotels to accommodate black people. So they would all stay together, and the girls would develop lady lover friendships, do you understand my English? But wait wait…If one of the girls by preference was gay, she’d be called a bull dyke by the whole cast. So you see, discrimination is everywhere.”

—-Also, Kahlo’s affair with Trotsky….

Casa Azul (“Blue House”) in Coyoacán, Mexico City is the family home where Frida Kahlo grew up and to which she returned in her final years. Frida’s father, Guillermo Kahlo, built the house in 1907 as the Kahlo family home. Leon Trotsky stayed at this house when he first arrived in Mexico in 1937.

-Active communists, Kahlo and Rivera befriended Leon Trotsky as he sought political asylum in Mexico from Joseph Stalin‘s regime in the Soviet Union during the late 1930s. In 1937 initially, Trotsky lived with Rivera and then at Kahlo’s home (where he had an affair with Kahlo).[3] Trotsky and his wife then moved to another house in Coyoacán where, in 1940, he was assassinated.

I suppose, if I would have seen the Frida Kahlo movie or read her biography, I would know all these things. Hmm.

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