For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

GCU’s Biographies from The Court Series Welcomes Josephine Baker

Lakewood, N.J., Mar. 15, 2007—Famous for her barely-there dresses, skirt made out of bananas, and outrageous dance routines, Josephine Baker is sure to have some outrageous stories. In April and May, attendees will join "Mrs. Edith Kingdon Gould," the wife of former Georgian Court owner George Jay Gould, for an elegant tea party hosted at her mansion, while they learn more about the famous and controversial performer at an interactive theater production of “Mrs. Gould Welcomes Josephine Baker.”

Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1906. She began her U.S. stage career in 1919, performing comical skits, but the turning point of her career came when she traveled to France for La Revue Nègre. She went on to star in La Folie du Jour and became the highest paid performer in Europe at the time. Despite her acceptance abroad, U.S. audiences for her return performances were less kind, and she struggled against racism while trying to achieve her dream of acceptance for all people.

Performances of this production will take place in the historic Gould Mansion on the Lakewood campus. Performances are scheduled for April 4, 5, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, 28, and May 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 12 (Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays) at 11:30 a.m., and April 15, 22, 29, and May 6 and 13 (Sundays) at 3:00 p.m. Doors open 20 minutes prior to the performance.

The cost is $40 per person and includes the performance and tea luncheon. Availability is limited, and prepurchase of tickets is required for all performances. There will be no refunds within 14 days of the performance. For further information and tickets, please contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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