What a great article about Josephine Baker, the famous American entertainer featured in the chapter JOSEPHINE in Churchill’s Secret Agent. Max met her when he was a little boy. She stayed at his parents’ villa for a period of time while entertaining at his father’s club in Monte Carlo.

Josephine was an extraordinary woman. She never gave up. When she couldn’t get the opportunities she wanted in the United States, she moved to Europe where she rose to fame. Back in the United States after World War II, she refused to entertain at any venue that wasn’t integrated which caused many clubs to change their policies. Even after Walter Winchell accused her of being a fascist and a communist, a remark which caused many negative repercussions in her life, she continued on.

Venice comes to Monte-Carlo

Unique as is Monte-Carlo, I never expected to see a real Venetian Carnival take place in this most unusual city as is described in this article. By American standards, Italy is so close to Monaco, so why bother to re-create the special event? Well, why not. It will be fun to the 13th power, and I’m sure quite extravagant. I’d really like to be there–wouldn’t you?